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L A S E L L 


FALL 1999 












Special Faculty Issue 

"A teacher cannot leave a better legacy 

to the world than a student with a 

love of learning." 

— Anatole France 

French author, 1844r-1924 

See pages 4-5 for our salute to faculty 


Executive Director of 
Gear Up celebrates 
power of education 
at Lasell's 144th 

see story on page 3 



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With Record Enrollment Numbers 


jAsell college, which only two years ago voted to change its 

147-year-old mission from single-sex (women) to coeducation, is experiencing an admission 
boom that is resulting in the highest resident population in nearly two decades. 

On opening day in September, Lasell College 
welcomed 708 students, (up from 672 last fall), 
and some 500 residents (up from 410 last fall) to 
its 55-acre Newton campus. "The numbers are 
impressive," says David Eddy, director of 
Admission, about the continuing growth of 
admission numbers. "This marks the first time 
that the College registered three consecutive 
increases in new student enrollment since the ear- 
ly 1970s." Another remarkable statistic is that 142 
men — representing 20% of the entire student 
population - are now enrolled at Lasell. 

The admission surge also means that on open- 
ing day, Lasell accommodated the highest resi- 
dent population in 16 years, according to Dean 

of Student Affairs, Diane M. Austin. "We are fuJl 
up," she says, coimting the days imtil next June, 
when a new, 116-bed, suite-style residence hall is 
scheduled for completion - just in time for an 
anticipated additional 100 residents. "That new 
residence hall will ease much of the pressure we 
are currently experiencing in the area of student 
housing," she explains. To accommodate the 
sudden growth, five former student houses 
temporarily used for office space and rentals 
have been reclaimed. 

The on-campus growing pains have been 
endured graciously by virtually everyone. 

continued on page 3 

New Joan Weiler Arnow Professor Named 



'Tt was 20 years ago. I had earned my Master's degree in sociology from Northeastern 
University and was volunteering at Walpole's Community Center for Counseling and 
Education, when I was invited to explore a teaching position at Lasell." 

Dr. Sylvia MacPhee, 
Professor of Sociology 

Intrigued, she arrived on 
campus to meet with the 
Academic Dean. "When I 
emphasized that I didn't 
then have my doctorate, I 
was met with what was, for 
me, a memorable response. 
'This is a teaching institu- 
tion,' I was told. 'We are 
looking for faculty who 
know how to teach and who love to teach.' WeU," 
she says, "I thought that was a refreshing attitude." 

And it was then that Sylvia MacPhee began her 
long, distinguished tenure at the College. "I saw 
LaseU as an opportunity to be creative and commit- 
ted to the work of teaching," a field that clearly has 
visceral value for the newly named Joan Weiler 
Arnow Professor. 

According to Vice President of Academic 
Affairs, Dr. Arturo U. Iriarte, Sylvia MacPhee was 
selected as the second holder of the endowed chair 
"Because of her role as teacher /scholar on the 
Lasell campus, her creativity in teaching, and her 
concern and caring for the students. It is an honor 

richly deserved." He was also quick to point out 
that Dr. MacPhee had made the commitment to 
earn a Ph.D. after Lasell became a baccalaureate 
institution. Still focusing on teaching, the College 
and Dr. MacPhee recognized the importance of 
achieving the highest degree in one's field of study. 

The Joan Weiler Arnow Endowed Chair is 
bestowed on a worthy candidate for a period of 
three years during which funds and time are made 

continued on page 2 


Dr. Timothy Johnson, 
ABC-TV's renowned 
medical editor, speaks at 
the Lasell College Health 
Care Lecture Series. 

See story on page 11 


There's Strength in Numbers 

Lasell this fall. If you haven't been on can\pus recently, I urge you to visit. Lasell is no 
longer a sleepy little college but instead it is a thriving, vibrant, more competitive 
academic institution. 

In much of my work at Lasell I analyze the 
numbers. If there is a trend at Lasell, I can confi- 
dently say that the numbers continue to increase. 
In just two years: 

• applications have increased 113% 

• new student eru-oUment has increased 52% 

• total full-time enrollment has increased 32% 

• resident students have increased 58% 

Other indicators are strong as well. Men rep- 
resent 20% of the total population in just our sec- 
ond year of coeducation. SAT scores are up again, 
over 40 points, and dependence on recruiting new 
students from the New England region has 
dropped from 84% to 79%. On the weekends, 
Lasell is no longer a suitcase school. lust ask our 
Food Services Director, who now feeds over 200 
students on the weekends (compared to 30 two 
years ago). And it is not unusual to have several 
hundred spectators at men's and women's 
athletic events. 

There are changes in the academic side of the 
house as weU. The College has reorganized into 

three separate schools: Allied Health, Arts and 
Sciences, and Business and Information 
Technology. We are reexamining our core curricu- 
lum to make it more flexible for transfer students, 
enhancing new academic offerings, and exploring 
double majors and an interdisciplinary honors 
program. In addition, the faculty continues to 
grow in number and stature. We have profiled all 
of our new faculty and the activities of our veter- 
an faculty in this issue of Leaves. We welcome nine 
new faculty members, four of whom replace those 
who took new jobs or retired. 

Our greatest challenge is to successfully man- 
age this accelerated growth. We must look very 
carefully at retention to ensure that once students 
get here, they are academically challenged and 
satisfied with student life on campus. This growth 
has also resulted in our resources being stretched 
to capacity. It is not by chance that our Annual 
Fund theme this year is "Building for the Future." 

The landscape of the campus is also rapidly 
changing. During your campus visit you wiU 
notice that a 116-bed, suite-style, residence hall is 
being constructed behind McClelland and Van 

Winkle Halls; Winslow Hall is being renovated 
into seven high technology classrooms, 13 faculty 
offices and a beautiful student lounge. And 
believe it or not, the first residents of Lasell 
Village will move in next spring! 

The College's fundraising efforts are also 
indicators that this is the perfect time to invest in 
LaseU. The endowment has reached $12 million, 
the Annual Fund surpassed $500,000 and the capi- 
tal campaign leadership team is determining how 
much to raise its goal since we are very close to 
reaching $12 million. The future at Lasell has nev- 
er looked brighter and the need for your financial 
support has never been greater! Please let us 
know when you will be on campus. We would be 
delighted to give you a personal tour so that you 
can see firsthand the new Lasell. 


Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D 



available to permit the piirsuit of extensive profes- 
sional development activities, writing, and research. 

"The appointment was announced at a recent 
faculty meeting, and I was totally surprised. I was 
busy taking notes and heard my name called, 
looked up, and saw Dr. Iriarte and President de 
Witt as they made the announcement. For someone 
who doesn't use titles, unless I have to, it is reaUy 
something to be introduced as the Joan Weiler 
Amow Professor of Sociology, Dr. MacPhee," 
she teases. 

Curiosity and a strong social conscience are 
two personal sensibilities that have informed the 
life and career of this sensitive, caring teacher, wife, 
and mother of three. Upon graduating from Regis 
College with a major in sociology, she joined 
friends from Puerto Rico in a pre-Peace Corps vol- 
unteer experience. Her assignment was to teach 
sixth graders in a Catholic elementary school in 
Corozal, a small, impoverished hUl town approxi- 
mately one hour out of San Juan. For her, living 
with a Puerto Rican family and earning $10 a week 
was a rich experience. "The commimity was so 
hospitable, I didn't need the $10. 1 taught English 
and geography in EngUsh only and Math in the 
best Sparush I coiild muster, and it was a special 
time." Even then a budding sociologist, Sylvia 
MacPhee admits, "I was always interested in ethnic 
differences and appreciating those distinctions." 

Upon her return to the United States, Sylvia 
MacPhee worked in foster home placement in 
Boston, often putting in 60 hours a week working 
for the Division of Child Guardianship. Both emo- 
tionally rewarded and exhausted from the experi- 
ence, she sought a change of pace and took a posi- 
tion with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. 
"There, I met my prince," she says, recounting how 
she and John met while working together on the 
gathering of data for a sxirvey. They raised three 
children while Sylvia continued her quest for 
answers in the field of sociology and satisfied her 
need to teach. 

Earning a doctorate from Northeastern gave 
her the opportunity to explore the new and 
immense field of eco-sptrituality, championed by 
one of the movement's gurus, theologian and cul- 
ture historian, Thomas Berry. "One of the themes 
of the movement is to rediscover what many 
ancient traditions believed: that the sacred and 
divine is within the ordinary. To really see the ordi- 
nary, we are told, is to see it as exfraordinary," she 
explains. "And the form it takes, everywhere, is 
diversity," she continues, relishing time spent on a 
favorite subject. 

"Diversity can turn out to be risky business 
because to create an identity, one must set up 
boundaries. And that can be and often is a difficult 
bridge to cross since, in defirung a group's story, a 

sense of insiders and outsiders is created. Who uM- 
mately is okay and who is not? Finding a unifying 
threat to the group helps to set up this 'okay-not 
okay' division which keeps a group together. War 
works well," she asides grimly. Which is why in 
her classes on race she counsels her students at the 
very beginning, "Say what you feel and what you 
think, but don't attack anyone. The only way to 
succeed here is if we all feel safe to explore ideas 
and exchange points of view." 

So it is that Associate Professor and Joan 
Weiler Amow Scholar, Dr. Sylvia MacPhee, Ph.D. 
flinches a little at the string of titles that precede 
and follow her name. "Of course I am proud 
and happy to have earned the recognition those 
titles signify," she admits. "But titles," she main- 
tains, "unless one is very careful, can create 
unnecessary boundaries. 

"In my classes, I am especially interested in 
alerting my students to the differences between the 
diversity that can be shared and celebrated with 
others and the diversity that creates boundaries, 
excluding others out of ignorance and fear. It's an 
important task for all of us, I believe, especially so 
for those of us who teach." i*- 



FALL 1999 

Commencement '99 



of Puerto Rico, Senior Program Consultant, Office of Higher Education Programs, U.S. 
Department of Education, and Executive Director of GEAR UP, a new national initiative to 
encourage more young people to stay in school, study hard, and go to college - drew cheers 
from the more than 1300 people gathered for Lasell College's 144th graduation ceremonies, 
when she celebrated the power and value of education in a warm and personal 
commencement speech. 

Dr. Margarita Benitez, 
Executive Director of 
Gear Up 

"Many days stand out 
in the life of a person, but 
few are at the sanie time 
enormously significant to 
such a diverse aggregate of 
people," Dr. Benitez told 
the 197 graduates, their 
f amUies, and friends who 
assembled on Taylor Field 
on Sunday, May 16, 1999, to 
mark the special occasion. 
"AH members of your 
family, your friends young 
and old, your mentors and 
teachers, and numerous other people that are not 
yet a part of your life, plus many others that you 
will never meet, have a stake on this day. My words 
to you today are a reflection on what makes this 
diploma and this day so meaningful." 

Addressing students who were the first in their 
families to graduate from college. Dr. Benitez 
cheered them. "This diploma you are about to 
receive opens a new era in your family history. You 
will stand here today where none among your own 
has ever stood before. You wiU stand here for your 
father and mother, for 
your grandmother, 
and for your great- 
For the laborer, the 
migrant, and the exile, 
who had the vision, 
the hope, and the 
strength to endure 
backbreaking labor, 
prejudice, and abuse, 
for the sake of a day 
Mke today. Today is 
your gift to them, and 
it is their gift to you." 

To second genera- 
tion college graduates 
and beyond. Dr. 
Benitez said, "You 
may not be aware of 
how much your own 
chances for success 
were increased by the 
fact that you are the 
child of college gradu- 
ates. The statistics are 

striking: all across the racial and ethnic spectrum 
there is a clear correlation between schooling and 
standards of living. The parents' income level is 
also related to the likelihood of success in school," 
she said. "Academic success isn't only about brains; 
if s also about support, encouragement, and oppor- 

"As we consider who among our family had 
the chance to go to college, or even to entertain that 
possibility, our family experience is placed in a larg- 

"Mi/ conviction that higher 
education can transform 
people's lives stems from 

the unforgettable experience 

of seeing it happen 

throughout Puerto Rico." 

er context. There is history behind aU our diplomas, 
and individual stories of effort and achievement 
behind each federal initiative to increase access to 
higher education. 

"I am referring to the G.I. Bill of Rights of 1944, 
the National Defense Education Act of 1958, the 
CivQ Rights Act of 1964, the Higher Education Act 
of 1965, and the Bilingual Education Act of 1998, " 
Dr. Benitez continued. "Each of these acts recog- 
nized the national value of investing in the educa- 
tion of groups that had been denied such opportu- 
nity before. Together they have transformed the 
face of American higher education. I'd be very sur- 
prised if none of those initiatives had ever touched 
your Hves or the Uves of your farruly." 

Dr. Benitez spoke of her own experience in her 
native Puerto Rico, seeing education at work as a 
transforming force. "I was bom at a time when my 
country was undergoing an extraordinary tiansfor- 
mation. From a land stricken by poverty, disease, 
illiteracy, overpopulation, and held in fetters by 
imperialism - my country was transformed, within 
a generation, into a dynamic and growing econo- 
my, and one of the few democracies in the region. 
"The University of Puerto Rico, where my 

father was president 
from 1942 to 1971, was 
at the center of this 
transformation," she 
maintained. "The dra- 
matic growth of the 
university kept pace 
with the strides of a 
developing society. 
New facilities, schools, 
and research centers 
were created to meet 
the social and econom- 
ic needs of the island. 
University enrollment 
quintupled in 25 years 
and the standard of liv- 
ing on the island rose 
from one of the lowest 
in the hemisphere 
to the highest in 
Latin America." 

She acknowledged 
that "many things were 
not then, and are not 
now, as they should be 
in Puerto Rico. But my conviction that higher edu- 
cation can transform people's lives stems from the 
unforgettable experience of seeing it happen 
throughout Puerto Rico." 

LaseU CoUege President Thomas E.J. de Witt 
conferred upon Dr. Benitez an honorary doctorate 
of humane letters degree, citing her for her leader- 
ship in education and her convmitment to ensiiring 
equal access to and promoting excellence m educa- 
tion throughout the nation. * 

Two Elected 
to Board of 

Board of Trustees, Lasell College estab- 
lished the Board of Overseers in 
August 1991. 

Its members act as College emissaries 
among their peers and the community at 
large. With 45 overseers, both alumni and 
non-alumni, the Board of Trustees is pleased 
to aimounce the following new members, 
recently elected for a three-year renew- 
able term: ^ 

Helena Hartnett, of New Bedford, ^ 
Massachusetts, is Director of Development 
for the Whaling Museum in New Bedford. 
Prior to her current position, Helena served 
as Dean of External Affairs at Lasell College 
for eight years. 

Joan McLaughlin, of Belmont and West 
Falmouth, Massachusetts, graduated from 
Lasell in 1957. She serves on the Board of 
Directors for New England Villages 
President's Council. ^ 



including the staff of Institutional Advance- 
ment, who in August moved its operations 
from Haskell House — previously one of 
the College's administration buildings — to 
a newly refurbished KlingbeU House, at 142 
Woodland Road. 

Lasell College President Thomas E.J. 
de Witt, whose office in Haskell House 
was relinquished to student housing, has 
temporarily moved his operations across 
the street, to the living room of Hamel 
House, his on-campus residence. 

Days prior to the move. Dr. de Witt 
was seated behind the desk in his neatly 
appointed HaskeU House office when two 
strapping, male student basketball players 
loomed in the doorway. They were there 
to inspect the office — their new room 
assignment, they explained. "I don't sup- 
pose you'd be willing to leave us the 
leather couch?" asked one. He wasn't. 

"When we factor the record numbers 
of applications we received this year, 
coxmt the surge in admissions, and 
note the 40-plus point increase in student 
SAT scores, we have every reason to 
celebrate a most remarkable decade of 
transformation," President de Witt 

"These healthy increases bode weU 
for Lasell's future. It strengthens our 
commitment to continue what we do 
best — to offer a unique education in 
which we nurture individual learners, 
engage them in critical thinking, allow 
them freedom to explore new interests, 
and make them all feel like contributing 
members of a vibrant coUege." ^ 

FALL 1999 



PEN New England 
I Award Winner 






Risa Miller, Professor of 
English at Lasell College 

the most prestigious honors an up-and- 
coming author can attain. Best selling 
Sue (The Good Mother) Miller was one, 
as was essayist Sven {The Gutenberg 
Elegies) Birkerts and sports writer/ 
enthusiast. Bill Littlefield. And now 
Lasell College's very own Risa Miller 
can proudly count herself among PEN 
New England's cream-of-the-crop 
"Discovery" authors. 

Last spring, at 
Radcliffe's Bunting 
Institute, Risa Miller 
was one of three 
promising unpub- 
lished writers to be 
singled out for 
"Discovery" status at 
PEN New England's 
annual EKscovery 
Evening. PEN (Poets, 

Essayists and Novelists) is part of a worldwide 
organization of professional writers who are 
dedicated to advancing the cause of literature 
and reading and defending free expression. 

Not only was Risa Miller chosen for the 
distinction, but she was also introduced by 
acclaimed novelist Elinor {Isabel's Bed, The Inn 
at Lake Devine, The Ladies' Man) Lipman. Then, 
she was invited to read selections from her 
novel. Welcome to Heavenly Heights to an 
august group of writers, including James 
{Mortal Friends) CarroU. 

It was, Risa Miller admits, a heady experi- 
ence. Begun in 1980, the PEN New England 
Discovery Evening is an anointing of promis- 
ing, iinpublished writers who are introduced 
by established authors to an audience of writ- 
ers including the Ukes of Anne {The School 
Book, The Language of Names) Bemays, Marge 
{Small Changes) Piercy, and Tracy {House) 
Kidder. TroUing through the crowd of literati 
are publishers, editors and agents seeking new 
talent to embrace, promote, and make famous. 

This luminous event is a boon for Risa 
Miller that goes beyond ego. As she told a 
writer for the Boston Phoenix newspaper that 
evening, being 'discovered' is a "validation 
with a capital V and lots of exclamation marks." 

But it also catapults the teacher, author, 
and mother of five into contender status in the 
Hterary world. "A nod from PEN gives a 
writer real cache," says one long-time observer 

continued on page 11 

Lasell Celebrates Its Faculty 

for those who ply their art and craft at the head of the classroom, and at challenging 
connected learning sites — but also for the students whose lives they touch with their 
vision, wisdom, and inspiration. 

Academics, both teaching and learning, are 
after all, the core reasons for the existence of 
Lasell College. And attracting, retaining, and 
invigorating topflight faculty who are responsible 
for Lasell's reputation is as much part of the insti- 
tutional mission as is the College's commitment to 


empower its students to become successful in 
their lives and their careers. 

On these pages, Lasell salutes its faculty — 
old, new, and departed — who bring unique 
skills, dedication, and talent to the campus. 

"As Chair, I look forward to 
working under the leadership of 
Dr. Arturo Iriarte and Dean 
Paula Panchuck to develop two 
new programs — the bachelor 
of science degrees in MIS and 
in Computer Science. The new 
programs will complement the 
existing excellence of the business programs offered in 
the School of Business and Information Technology." 

— Noel R. Alexis 

Noel R. Alexis has been appointed 
assistant professor arid chair of the Management 

Information Systems (MIS) Department. Mr. 
Alexis earned his Bachelor of Science degree, 
magna cum laude, from Wentworth Institute 
oi Technology and holds a master of education 
degree from Cambridge College, with a focus 
on curriculum design of technology programs. 
Assistant Professor Alexis has completed all but 
his dissertation at the University of Sarasota for a 
doctorate degree in leadership focusing on pro- 
gram assessment, research design, and evaluation. 
He has held faculty positions at the University of 
Massachusetts /Boston, Northeastern University, 
Curry CoUege, and Wentworth Institute of 

"Effective writing is a game 
of strategy. One gauges one's 
audience and develops tactics in 
order to create an impact and 
achieve a goal. There is no writing 
'gene,' and no one is born a bad 
writer. As with any sport, to 
master the basics of writing takes 
training and discipline. I love 
watching students come to this realization — that 
words have real power and that power is theirs to use. " 

— Dr. Stephanie Athey 

Stephanie Athey, Ph.D. of Cambridge, 
who is replacing retired Professor Emeritus 
Ken Matheson, is the new assistant professor of 
English in the Humanities Department. Dr. Athey 
earned her doctorate degree in English from the 
University of Minnesota. She was assistant profes- 
sor of English at Stetson University and is a facul- 
ty research associate of the William Monroe Trotter 
Institute for the Study of Black Culture at the 
University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Athey has 
extensive publications focusing on race and gender 
in American literature. 

"I'm looking forward to 
assisting the Education Depart- 
ment and the College community 
in curriculum, special needs, 
learning support technology, and 
teacher certification. " 

— Dr. John Carroll 

John J. Carroll, Ed.D., of Natick, who replaces 
Dr. Suzanne St. Germain, has been named 

associate professor in the Education Department. 

Dr. Carroll earned his doctorate degree in 
education from Boston University. He has an 
tmdergraduate and master's degree from Boston 
State College. Dr. Carroll most recently served as 
associate professor and senior lecturer at Curry 
College for the Program for Advancement of 
Learning, a nationally recognized curriculimi for 
students with learning disabilities. His areas of 
specialization are curriculum adaptation, learning 
disabilities and special needs. 

"I look forward to bringing 
our business students in touch 
with the basic skills they need to 
carry into a workplace which is 
constantly changing and placing 
increasing and different demands 
on its practitioners." 

- Dr. Norman Hansen 

Norman E. Hansen, Ph.D., of Brookline, 
has been appointed as assistant professor of 
business and chair of the Business Management 
Department, where he replaces George 
Redmond. Dr. Hansen earned his doctorate 
degree from Northeastern University. He taught 
business management at Northeastern University 
and Newbury College. Dr. Hansen's area of spe- 
cialization is business bankruptcy. 


FALL 1999 

"As a laboratory school, the 
Bam has the luxury of having stu- 
dents whom we train and teach to 
become very proficient teachers. 
My approach is to teach by exam- 
ple and demonstrate my intentions 
by interacting with children, stu- 
dents, and parents in a very indi- 
vidualized way. " 

— ?aul Herzog 

Paul Martin Herzog of Lowell, is the new 
director of the Holway Child Study Center at the 
Bam. Mr. Herzog earned his m aster of ed ucation 

degree from Boston College and studied as a doc- 
toral feUow at Clark University. He most recently 
served as Center Director at the Chelmsford 
Discovery Center, where he was responsible for 
the administration and management of an early 
childhood center-based program for children ages 
birth through after-school. Paul Herzog has 
served as a kindergarten teacher, early childhood 
consultant to the Massachusetts Department of 
Education, and instructor at the University of 
Connecticut. He has also worked as a consultant 
within the University of California system, pri- 
marily relating to corporate child care. 

"7 hope to help our 
students become successful 
Occupational Therapy Assis- 
tants, and to provide them with 
a strong background in all 
aspects of the field." 

- Jennifer Kaldenberg 

"In 1991, the American 
Medical Association officially 
recognized athletic training 
as an allied health profession 
and accredited its educational 
programs. I'm looking forward to 
building a program here of which 
our graduates can be proud. We'll 
be working with students to train them for a career as a 
certified athletic trainer, working with professional and 
amateur sports organizations. " 

— Bill Nowlan 

"Lasell is like a jewel in 
Massachusetts among so many oth- 
er institutions. There is such an 
appreciation for teaching and stu- 
dent development here. I look for- 
ward to teaching about ways in 
which we can ensure that we live 
healthier lives so we can be free to 
accomplish much." 

— Dr. Etienne Penka 

"I look forward to providing 
our students with a strong foun- 
dation to practice successfully in 
the field of Occupational Therapy 
and instill in them a sincere 
appreciation for our field and the 
individuals we serve. " 

— Michael E. Roberts 

Jennifer M. Kaldenberg has been appointed 
assistant professor and clinical field work coordi- 
nator for the Department of Occupational 
Therapy Assistant in the School of Allied Health. 
Ms. Kaldenberg earned her master of science 
degree in Health Administration from Central 
Michigan University. She most recently served as 
occupational therapy supervisor at Trinity Health 
in Minot, North Dakota, where she provided 
direct patient treatment and assessment and led 

William P. Nowlan, M.Ed., LATC, CSCS, of 
East Longmeadow, has been appointed assistant 
professor for the Exercise Science Department and 
has also been appointed coordinator of athletic 
training. Mr. Nowlan earned his master's degree 
in sports medicine from Springfield College. He 
has been an athletic trainer and assistant professor 
at several area institutions including, most recent- 
ly. Sacred Heart University, with a brief stint in 
Hong Kong. 

Etienne Penka, Ed.D., of Brighton, has joined 
the Exercise Science Department as an assistant 
professor in athletic training. Dr. Penka, whose 
area of concentiation is in health and fitness and 
sports medicine, earned both his master's and 
doctorate degrees in education from Boston 
Urtiversity and is a licensed athletic trainer. He 
was a conditioning and gymnastics instiuctor, 
coach consultant and athletic tiainer at Boston 
University, and sports safety and CPR for profes- 
sional rescuer instructor for the American Red 
Cross. He also served as athletic trainer to the 
1994 World Cup Cameroon Soccer Team. 

Michael E. Roberts, OT, of Brookline, has 
been appointed assistant professor and Chair of 
the Occupational Therapy Assistant Department. 
Mr. Roberts earned his master of science degree 
from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy 
at Tufts University. He was a Clinical Oncology 
Specialist for Mariner Health at Longwood in 
Boston and has broad experience as a clinician 
working at local hospitals and rehab centers. 
Michael Roberts has an extensive array of presen- 
tations to his credit. 

Professor Emeritus, 
Ken Matheson 

Lasell's First 
Professor Emeritus 


"I am nourished in 
the classroom. Each 
year there is a newness 
that restores my love 
of teaching," says 
Lasell College's first 
professor emeritus. 
Ken Matheson. 
Professor Matheson, 
on whom the Board of 
Trustess bestowed the 

singular honor of professor emeritus status at 
the 1999 commencement ceremonies, has 
been teaching English through four decades 
marked by institutional tumult, change, and 
transition at Lasell. Through it all. Professor 
Kenneth Matheson remained a steady, 
immutable beacon for students whose hearts 
and minds he infused with a love for learning. 

Avuncular, gracious, and always charm- 
ing. Professor Matheson's contiibution to the 
Lasell community can be measured by the 
hundreds of students who learned to write, 
rewrite, communicate, and appreciate the 
vast wonders of English literature in 
Professor Matheson's classroom. 

"I interviewed for a teaching position at 
Lasell Jimior College with Professor Robert 
Brandrif f who was chair of the EngUsh 
department. I then accepted the post from 
Dr. Richard Packard, acting president at the 
time," he recalls. It was an auspicious day on 
two accounts. "I remember the day distinct- 
ly, because it was also the day on which my 
son was bom." 

And so began a distinguished 40-year 
reer at Lasell. 

Professor Matheson earned his under- ^ 
graduate degree from Boston University in J 
1956. CoincidentaUy, one of his professors f 
at BU was Donald J. Winslow — a trustee f 

emeritus, whose father, Guy M. Winslow, 4 

led Lasell from 1908 to 1945. J 

After graduation. Ken Matheson experi- i 
mented with the corporate life, and soon dis- 
covered that, "1 didn't cotton to the banking | 
world." Academia beckoned and he returned * 
to Boston University for post-graduate 
study. He received his master's degree in 
English literature in 1959. 

Ken Matheson's initial foray into teach- 
ing occurred when he was a graduate stu- f 
dent. "I was offered an assistant teaching I 
position on a Thursday and was told to start 
work on Monday." Without a moment's hes- 

continued on page 10 

FALL 1999 



Faculty Updates 


Professor of Humanities Joseph Aieta, III, 
who has been teaching history, pohtical science, 
philosophy, and rehgion at Lasell since 1969, 
recently chaired a session at the 20th Medieval 
Forum at Plymouth State College. He also pre- 
sented a paper at the conference titled, "The 
Mountains Return to Muhammad: Late 
Twentieth Century Biographical Perspectives 
on the Prophet." 

Professor Aieta also has two book reviews 
ready for publication, both in The European 
Legaa/: Rivka Feldhay's Galileo and the Church and 
Van A. Harvey's Feuerbach and the Interpretation 
of Religion. Professor Aieta has a B.S. degree in 
History from the College of the Holy Cross and a 
M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies as well 
as an M.A. in Politics fron\ Brandeis University. 

Assistant Professor Helen Alcala, who teach- 
es French and Spanish in the Liberal Arts 
Department, also delivered a paper at the 20th 
Medieval Forum at Plymouth State College. It 
was titled, "Christine de Pizan - early feminist 
and /or remarkable woman." Assistant Professor 
Alcala has been teaching at Lasell since 1986. 

Dean of Student Affairs, Diane M. Austin, 

presented a session entitled "A Baby Boomer 
Gets Reflective ... and Gets a Grip," a develop- 
mental look at mid-life issues, at the 12th annual 
Women's Issues and Leadership Conference at 
Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. 

Associate Professor of Education, Dr. John 
Carroll, who teaches Special Needs Curriculum 
and Literacy, was a presenter at the International 
Educators Conference, in Denver, Colorado, in 
May, 1999. His topic was "Adapting for Disabili- 
ties in an Intensive English Program." He is also 
actively involved with Educational Technology 
Development, Special Learrung Needs Support, 
and the ADA. Dr. Carroll has a Bachelor of Science 
degree in History/Education and a Master of 
Education degree from Boston State College and a 
Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum Theory 
and Development, including a concentration in 
Special Needs from Boston University. 

Librarian June Coughlan has joined the 
faculty at Brerman Library and teaches Library 
Instruction and Information Literacy. She is a 
graduate with B.A. and B.Ed degrees from 
Osmania University, and holds an M.L.S. and 
M.A. from Simmons College and the University 
of Hyderabad, respectively. 

Assistant Professor Diane L. Dednah has 

been appointed Clinical Coordinator for the 
School of AUied Health. She is responsible for 
overseeing all student internship experiences to 
ensure quality and consistency; she will also 

facilitate clinical program development. She is 
currently enrolled in a certificate program at 
Middlesex Community College in Training 
Design and Development as part of her profes- 
sional development effort to assist her in the 
instruction delivery of Kinesiology, Modalities 
Labs, and clinical courses. She has been a 
member of Lasell's faculty since 1993. 

Island, with a B.A. degree, Ms. Levine also holds 
an M.S.W. degree from the Simmons College 
School of Social Work. 



Nancy Levine, a part-time instructor in the 
Psychology Department, who teaches Introduction 
to Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment, 
Abnormal Psychology, and Psychology of the 
Lifespan, has put a toe in the political waters. 
"After many years of being a parent activist in the 
Newton Public Schools, I have decided to run for a 
seat on the Newton School Committee for Ward 4 
(Aubumdale and Newton Lower Falls)." We wish 
her well. A graduate of the University of Rhode 

Soprano Leslie Maglitta, who joined the 
Lasell faculty this year as a lecturer in music, pre- 
sented a recital with Daniel W5meken on piano at 
St. Paul's Church in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ms 
Maglitta performed works by Copland, Barber, 
Turina, Blitzstein and Weill. 

She also serves on the voice faculty of the 
New England Conservatory Extension and 
Preparatory Schools, the Cambridge Center for 
Adult Education, and maintains a private teach- 
ing studio in Cambridge. 


Assistant Professor Sandra McElroy, Ph.D., 
has been named Chair of the Education 

=Jp5'@R«=SiR' "" ps" ^ 


Several distinguished faculty members recently 
departed Lasell to accept challenging new posi- 
tions. We congratulate them and wish them well 
in their new endeavors: 

Associate Professor Kerrissa Heffeman, 
Ed.D. — the recipient of the Joan Weiler 
Amow '49 Professorship, the first faculty 
endowed chair — has departed the College to 
pursue an opportunity at Brown Uruversity, 
where she had worked and studied during her 
recent sabbatical. Dr. Heffeman, whose contri- 
butions to LaseU included founding and 
directing the Center for PubUc Service and co- 
founding and directing Camp Colors, the cam- 
pus-based summer day 
camp for children with 
HIV, has assumed the 
position of Project 
Associate for the 
National Compact, 
headquartered at 
Brown. There, she wiU 
work on a faculty devel- 
opment program to 
introduce issues of ser- 
vice and civUity/social 
responsibility. In her 
new role. Dr. Heffeman 
wiU be traveling to numerous colleges and col- 
laborating with some of the leading national 
scholars in the field. 

During her 15 years at Lasell — serving in 
capacities as far-ranging as Director of 
Lifestyles (a fitness and wellness program) 
and the director of the Donahue Institute for 
Values and Public Life — Dr. Heffeman had 

"As an entrepreneurial college, 
Lasell should not he surprised 
when some of those entrepreneurs 
strike out on their own or 
pursue long held dreams. " 

— President Thomas E.J. de Witt 

been a determined catalyst for change. She 
"challenged our assumptions and brought the 
best out of students," President de Witt said. 
"As we celebrate her success here, and wish 
her well in her new position, we must ensure 
that the issues she raised and the programs 
she developed continue to be part of the Lasell 
experience for all." 

Dr. Suzanne St. Germain, chair of the 
Education department, has taken a challeng- 
ing position with Commonwealth Learning 
Centers, where she will use her extensive skill 
and trairung in teaching the leaming disabled, 
to direct and coordinate three new centers in 

the region. The new 
position provides her 
with a wonderful 
opportunity to combine 
her academic skUls, a 
love of teaching, and an 
emerging entrepreneur- 
ial interest. 


George Redmond, 

the genial head of the 
business program, 
__ departed from Lasell 

this summer to take a teaching position at 
Agnes Scott College, a 700-student women's 
college in Georgia, in order to be closer to his 
children. "The students adored George, his 
commitment, his constant presence on campus 
and the talents he brought to the classroom," 
President de Witt said about Assistant 
Professor Redmond's departure. 

.:■. »V5»«»WK«'J*-J0*,- 


FALL 1999 

Department. Dr. McElroy completed her doctoral 
work at Boston University in 1986 and served as 
University Supervisor at Harvard University 
for eight years. She has also been on the faculty 
at Lesley College, Emmanuel College, and at 
Wheelock College where she was nominated for 
the Cynthia Longfellow Teaching Award. While 
at Wheelock, Dr. McElroy was also a research 
associate for the Center on Families, Conttnun- 
ities. Schools and Children's Learning on a study 
entitled, "How Families Support the Success of 
Young Children." 

Involved in education for some 25 years, she 
has taught in both public and private school set- 
tings in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She is a 
member of the Association for Supervision and 
Curriculum Development and is a certified PubUc 
School Principal K-6, 7-9. 

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Lisa M. 
Montuori, has been named Interim Director of the 
Center for PubUc Service. In March, 1999 she trav- 
eled to Cuba with a group of 22 U.S. citizens as 
part of an educational exchange to learn first-hand 
about that cotmtry's social and religious issues. 
The trip was sponsored by Kirkridge, a retreat 
center in Pennsylvania, and hosted by the Center 
for Reflection and Dialogue in Cardenas, Cuba, an 
ecumenical center active in reUgious education, 
social and environmental community activities, 
and education programs for foreign visitors. 

"Our group visited Old Havana, the Cuban 
Council of Churches, several churches active in 
the arts and hospitality, a day care center and 
schools, farms, historical sites and museums, and 
homes in cities and rural areas. Interspersed with 
our travels we participated in talks about Cuban 
history, its culture, and environmental, economic, 
and political issues." Assistant Professor Montouri 
plans to visit Cuba again in the future and hopes 
to use her experiences to promote better under- 
standing and further dialogue between U.S. and 
Cuban citizens. 


Newly appointed Vice President for 
Enrollment Management, Kathleen O'Connor, 

was highly praised by President de Witt in his 
recent announcement of her promotion from 
Dean. "While the title and concomitant honor do 
not corvfer new responsibilities (she already has 
plenty)," said President de Witt, "this action rep- 
resents a public confirmation of her important 
role at Lasell and a grateful acknowledgenient 
of her tremendous contributions to our recent 
enrollment success, especially her leadership 
during the transition to coeducation." 

President de Witt continued, "She would be 
the first to share this honor with her very talented 
staff led by Director of Admission David Eddy 
and Director of Student Financial Planning, 
Daniel Barkowitz. She has worked tirelessly 
and with incredible dedication in the trenches 
for more years than most managers, never losing 
hope in those years when enrollment seemed to 


Dr. Arturo U. Iriarte, Vice President of Academic Affairs, is bullish on building formal connec- 
tions with institutions of higher education abroad. In October he hosted visits to the Lasell campus of 
representatives from two institutions abroad — St. Martin's College, in Lancaster, England, and LSB 
College in Dublin. Then, in early November, he traveled to England for discussions on the subject 
with key institutional representatives. "Creating exchanges among faculty and students in a 
formal arrangement offers a real intellectual growth opportunity for everyone involved," he says. »■ 

falter. The timing of this trustee action was propi- 
tious, coinciding with my charge to Kate to begin 
to develop, collaboratively, a stiategic plan for 
improving retention." 

Paula Panchuck, Ph.D., Dean of Lasell 
Village, recently completed a research project for 
Generations Inc. of Boston that examined the 
impact of intergenerational activities on elders 
who participated in them at two elder residence 
settings in South Boston and Jamaica Plain. 
Additionally, during National Assisted Living 
Week (September 13-17), Dr. Panchuck was asked 
to speak to residents of The Bay View, a South 
Boston facility, to share her findings and to 
encourage them to participate in intergenera- 
tional activities, "For the Health of It." 

Dr. Panchuck has been on the faculty at Lasell 
since 1985. She is a graduate with a Bachelor of 
Science degree from UMass- Amherst. She earned 
her M.Ed, from Framingham State College and 
holds a Ph.D. in Adult Development and Aging 
from Lesley College. 

Associate Professor of Humanities, Mimi 
Reddiclif £e, who teaches freshman writing cours- 
es, creative writing, and "The Mystery Novel: 
The History of Detective Fiction," has finished the 
mystery on which she had been working while on 
sabbatical. Called A Development on Nantucket, she 
is currently looking for a publisher as she works 
on a second novel in what she hopes will be a 
series. A graduate of Vassar College, she holds an 
M.Ed, degree from Boston University and an 
M.F.A. degree from Emerson College. She has 
been teaching at Lasell College since 1987. 

Associate Professor Stephen N. Sarikas, 

Ph.D., of the Science and Mathematics Department, 
who teaches Anatomy & Physiology, Global 
Ecology, Topics in Contemporary Science, and 
Revolutions in Science, is currently working on two 
projects: a laboratory manual for anatomy & physi- 
ology, and a continuation of his 10-year study on 
HIV/ AIDS awareness among students 
at Lasell CoUege. Lasell senior in the education 
department, Carrie HUliker, will be doing an inde- 
pendent study with Dr. Sarikas, conducting a liter- 
ature review that will provide him with valuable 
background information for writing his next paper. 

Dr. Sarikas wiU be on sabbatical during the 
spring 2000 semester, during which time he will 
write new chapters for his manual and author his 
second paper on AIDS awareness, this one cover- 
ing the last five years of his AIDS research. The first 
paper, co-authored by Ann Heiselberg, who gradu- 
ated from Lasell in 1994, was published in 1998. 

Dr. Sarikas, who has been teaching at LaseU 
since 1989, is a graduate with a B.S. degree from 
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He 
earned an M.A. degree from Southern Illinois 
Uruversity, Carbondale, and holds a Ph.D. from 
Boston Uruversity School of Medicine. 


Michael Roberts, MS, OTR/L, the Chair of 
Lasell's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, 
continued his five-year participation in the Making 
Strides Against Breast Cancer walk along Boston's 
Charles River on October 3. "My clinical specialty 
as an occupational therapist is rehabilitation with 
people living with cancer. As part of my comirut- 
ment to the eradication of this disease's destruc- 
tive effects, I have participated in the walk to help 
raise money for breast cancer treatment, research, 
and services." 

Department of Social Sciences faculty. Gate 
Solomon, M.S.W., Ph.D., an Assistant Professor 
of Human Services, has published a book titled. 
Active Learning Exercises for Social Work and the 
Human Services, published by AU)^ & Bacon. She 
also was a presenter at a workshop for supervi- 
sors at Boston University on Process Recording, a 
leaniing tool for social work students and wiU 
conduct an experiential workshop on active learn- 
ing exercises for instructors at the National 
Association of Social Workers sjonposium in 
Boston next April. In November, Dr. Solomon 
offered Lasell faculty a two-part workshop: 
"Demystifying the Process of Getting Your Work 
Published" and "An Exchange of Active Learning 
Exercises to Further Engage Students in the 

Dr. Solomon holds a B.A. degree from 
Macalester CoUege, earned her M.S.W. degree 
from Smith College School for Social Work, and 
holds a Ph.D. fiom the Heller School of Social 
PoUcy at Brandeis University. She began teaching 
at Lasell in 1994. 

FALL 1999 



* Spring Athletics 


Lasell's softball team was under the 
direction of two new coaches this year as 
Head Coach Bob McKinley and Assistant 
Coach Tom DeFillipo made their debut. 
The team also for the first time played on a 
"skinned" infield as Taylor Field was reno- 
vated to meet NCAA specifications for 

The women's softball team finished the 
season with a respectable record of 7-10. 
Leading the team in offense 
was Rose Dunham '99 and 
Katherine Lord '00 who 
had batting averages 
of .440 and .430. LaseU 
recorded an all- 
time number of 
stolen bases with 
71. Melissa Wilson '01 
and Rose Dunham led 
the team with 14 each. 
The Lasers were 
the runners-up in 
the North Atlantic 
Women's Conference Championship 
losing in the finals to Wheelock College. 
Melissa Wilson '01 and Jaime Frederiksen 
'00 were named to the All-Tournament 
team during the championships. The goal 
for the 2000 team is to capture the confer- 
ence championship and improve upon 
their record. This goal is within reach with 
a spring trip to Florida planned and the 
first-year talent that is coming in to partici- 
pate on the team. 


The men's lacrosse team, under the 
direction of Coach Kevin Tyska, had a suc- 
cessful inaugural season and finished the 
season with a respectable 7-1 record. All of 
the home games were played on 
the new GreUier Field and 
the site was praised by all 
opponents. The team con- 
sisting of all first-year 
students worked hard 
during the off-season 
conditioning and honing 
their skills to become a 
competitive team. The 
Lasers outscored their 
opponents by a total of 27 goals 
and an average of 1.2 goals/game. 
Goalie Paul Lively '02 recorded 250 saves 
for the season. Leading scorers for the team 
were Eric Lewandoski '02 and Alex 
Paragios '02 with 39 and 35 goals respec- 
tively. LaseU defeated such teams as Clark, 
Franklin Peirce, Utica and Curry. With a 
talented recruiting class coming in. Coach 
Tyska is excited about the 2000 season and 
expects to better the 1999 record. 



At Lasell 1999 All-Sports Banquet 


Student Athelete of the 
Year Kiplee Johnson 

Kiplee Johnson '99 
received Student-Athlete of 
the Year honors at the 1999 
Lasell College Awards 
Banquet. Earning varsity let- 
ters in both cross-country 
and basketball, Johnson was 
a standout on the basketball 
court, providing leadership 
and motivation to the Laser's 

young team. "Kiplee is just a phenomenal person 
and team member," says Tracey Downes, head 
women's basketball coach. "She is a great motivator. 
People love watching her play because of her energy 
and enthusiasm — she sparks up the team on and off 
the court." 

An Exercise Physiology major maintaining a 3.75 
grade point average, Kiplee Johnson is also a mem- 
ber of the Student-Athlete Honor Roll. »■ 


Eric Lewandoski '02 was named Male Rookie 
of the Year at the 1999 Lasell College All-Sports 
Banquet. He was recognized for his outstanding 
contributions to Lasell's inaugural men's athletic 
program and his excellent academic performance. 
Earning varsity letters in both soccer and lacrosse, 
the freshman tri-captain led Lasell College's first 
men's lacrosse team to a 7-7 season, scoring an 
impressive 39 goals and 23 assists. "Eric is going to 
be a very big part of this school over the next three 
years," states Kevin Tyska, head lacrosse coach. 
"He earned a starting spot on the men's soccer 

team, and is one of the key 
building blocks of the 
lacrosse program." Coach 
Tyska goes on to say, "Eric 
is a very talented athlete, 
whose work ethic and atti- 
tude wiU serve him well in 
sports and life." 

Lewandoski is also a 
member of the Student- 
Athlete Honor Roll. ^ 

Eric Lewandoski, Male 
Rookie of the Year 


Jennifer Lesnick '02, 
a freshman starter on the 
1998-1999 Lasell College 
women's basketball team, 
led the Lasers to a third 
place finish in the North 
Atlantic Women's 
Conference, earning her 
Lasell's Rookie of the Year 
honors. Lesnick was the 
team's leading scorer, 
averaging 14.2 points 

a game and turning in an outstanding 

327-point season. 

In addition to the Rookie of the Year award, 

Lesruck was elected to the North Atlantic 

Jennifer Lesnick, Female 
Rookie of the Year 

Women's Conference First Team. "Jen works hard 
at mastering her position. She sets goals for her- 
self and plays to achieve them," says Tracy 
Downes, head women's basketball coach. "At the 
same time, she is a good team player — very 
unselfish and keeps the teams goals in sight." 

Jen's considerable offensive talents were 
matched by her defensive skills as she topped the 
team in steals as well, averaging five a game. In a 
96-66 victory over Bay Path College, Lesnick led the 
team in scoring with a season high 44 points netting 
10 three-point baskets, 10 steals, and 12 assists for 
the win. "At this pace, Jen could be Lasell's first 
1,000 point scorer," says Downes. »- 

1 999 All-Sports Banquet Award Winners 





Lauren Polimeno '00 

Priscilla Drakeford '00 

Heidi Lewis '01 


Bryan Silvera '02 

Jordan Scaccia '02 

Brian Smith '02 


DeidreTart WD 

Lyanna Cortez WD 

Sarah Quinones '02 

W-Cross Country 

Siobhan Smith '01 „. 

M-Cross Coimtry 

Sophan Keo '03 J 


Melissa Wilson '01 

Katherine Lord '00 


Pierre Francios '01 

Derrick Winston '00 

Pat McTomney '02 


Kiplee Johnson '99 

Heather Maling '00 


Alex Paragios '02 

Mike Pratt '02 

Paul Lively '02 



FALL 1999 


The 1 999-2000 Season 

'99-'00 season as two new teams are added and additional conference cham- 
pioriships are scheduled. 

Some 140 student athletes, compris- 
ing 20% of the total student population, 
will participate on intercollegiate teams 
this season. 

Field hockey and men's voUeybaU 
win debut as varsity teams this year, 
bringing the number of LaseU varsity 
teams to 11. 

Jessica Cormier, a former assistant 
coach at Bentley CoUege, will head the 
first women's field hockey team and is 
excited about the potential for building 
a winning team. The team, with a 12 
game schedule, will play all of its home 
games on GreUier Field. Men's volley- 
ball win begin its season in the spring 
and wUl be coached by Rich Hereau, a 
recent Bridgewater State graduate. The 
men wiU compete in the Northeast 
VoUeybaU Conference and wUl face 
teams from Johnson & Wales, Rivier, 
Wentworth, and Western New England. 

Recently, LaseU joined with several 

other institutions to create the North 
Atlantic Conference. The conference wiU 
hold nine championships this year and 
LaseU CoUege expects to be in contention 
for as many as four of these champi- 
onships. Championships wUl be held in 
men's and women's soccer, women's vol- 
leybaU, field hockey, men's and women's 
cross country, men's and women's basket- 
baU and softbaU. AU chan\pionships wUl be 
held at the highest seed in each sport. The 
other institutions in this conference 
include: Bay Path CoUege, Becker CoUege, 
Ekns CoUege, Lesley CoUege, Maine 
Maritime CoUege, Mt. Ida CoUege and 
Wheelock CoUege. 

LaseU CoUege is also a new member of 
the Eastern CoUege Athletic Conference 
(ECAC). Membership in this conference 
gives the teams and individual athletes 
additional opportunities for post-season 
competition and recognition. ?»■ 

New Assistant Athletic 
Director Appointed 

head field hockey coach for LaseU, added a new title 
and roster of responsibilities when nan\ed Assistant 
Athletic Director at Lasell. 

The Bentley CoUege graduate, a field 
hockey All- American in 1995 and 1996, and 
the Northeast-10 Player of the Year in 1996, 
says enthusiastically, "I am looking forward 
to getting the word out about LaseU's athlet- 
ic programs." Jessica goes on to say, 'Tm 
charged with making things run like clock- 
work: game management, student weU- 
being, and lots of administrative detail. I 
love the school and where it is going. Lasell 
is attracting quality athletes and good kids. 
It's an exciting time to be here, and to be a part of the growth." 

Before coming to Lasell, Jessica was the assistant field hock- 
ey coach at Bentley and helped lead the team to the Eastern 
CoUege Athletic Conference (ECAC) finals in 1997 and 1998. 
She also served as a sales and marketing representative for 
CranBarry Sporting Goods in East Boston. »• 

Jessica Cormier, 
Assitant Athletic 
Director at Lasell 

Lasell College Sports Calendar 1999-2000 

(Listings that appear in all caps denote home games. Occasionally, 
due to weather, etc., dates and times may change. For confirma- 
tion, please check with the Athletics Department at 617-243- 



19 Friday College of New Jersey Tournament TBA 

20 Saturday College of New Jersey Tournament TBA 



Daniel Webster College 
Becker College* 

8:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 

30 Tuesday Mt. Ida CoUege * 



3 Friday Williams College Tournament 

4 Saturday Williams College Tournament 



28 Tuesday Western Connecticut University 


29 Wednesday Western Connecticut University 

13 Thursday 
16 Sunday 
18 Tuesday 
20 Thursday 
22 Saturday 
26 Wednesday 

31 Monday 

Keene State College 
Curry College 
Becker College* 
New England College 



3 Wednesday 
15 Tuesday 
17 Thursday 
24 Thursday 

26 Saturday 

27 Sunday 

* Denotes North 

Maine Maritime* 
Trinity College 
Elms College* 
NAC Quarterfinals 
NAC Semi-finals 
NAC Finals 
Atlantic Conference game 







6:00 p.m. 

8:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 


7:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 



2 Thursday 


Russell Sage Tournament TBA 

Russell Sage Tournament TBA 


Maine Maritime Academy* 12:00 p.m. 

13 Monday JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY 7:00 p.m. 



16 Sunday 

22 Saturday 
26 Wednesday 
28 Friday 
30 Sunday 


3 Thursday 
8 Tuesday 
10 Thursday 
12 Saturday 
15 Tuesday 

17 Thursday 
20 Sunday 
24 Thursday 

26 Saturday 

27 Sunday 

* Denotes North 

Emerson College 
Notre Dame College 
Wheelock College* 

Lesley College* 
Mt. Ida CoUege* 

Elms College* 
Bay Path College* 
NAC Quarterfinals 
NAC Semi-finals 
NAC Finals 
Atlantic Conference game 

12:00 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
7:30 p.m. 
6:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m. 
8:00 p.m. 
1:30 p.m. 




22 Wednesday 



1 Saturday 
3 Monday 
16 Sunday 
18 Tuesday 


Fort Myers Tournament TBA 

BECKER COLLEGE* 3:30 p.m. 

St. Joseph CoUege (Conn.)(2) 12:00 p.m. 

Pine Manor CoUege 4:00 p.m. 

WHEELOCK COLLEGE*(2) 12:30 p.m. 

LESLEY COLLEGE*(2) 3:00 p.m. 

Bay Path Toumament(2) TBA 

Bay Path Toumament(l or 2) TBA 

Newbury CoUege (2) 3:30 p.m. 

BAY PATH COLLEGE*(2) 12:00 p.m. 

MT. IDA COLLEGE*(2) 3:30 p.m. 

19 Wednesday Rivier CoUege 

24 Monday Daniel Webster CoUege (2) 

25 Tuesday ELMS COLLEGE*(2) 
27 Thursday NAC Quarterfiiials 

29 Saturday NAC Semifinals and Finals 

30 Sunday Rain date — NAC Semifinals 

and Finals 
* Denotes North Atlantic Conference game 



10 Thursday 
14 Monday 
16 Wednesday 

22 Tuesday 

23 Wednesday 
1 Wednesday 

4 Saturday 
7 Tuesday 
9 Thursday 

21 Tuesday 

22 Wednesday 
26 Sunday 


25 Tuesday 

Wentworth Institute of Technology 
Western New England CoUege 
Johnson & Wales University 



Rivier CoUege Tournament 

Endicott College 

Newbury College 





MedaiUe College 



26 Saturday Bentley-scrimmage 


4 Saturday 







4 Tuesday 
9 Sunday 
13 Thursday 
15 Saturday 
20 Thursday 
22 Saturday 
25 Tuesday 
28 Friday 

ManhattanvUle College 
@ West Haven High School, CT 
Wesleyan University 

Castleton State College 
Franklin Pierce College 
Daniel Webster College 

5:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
3:00 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. 

7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 



12:00 p.m. 

2:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 

3:30 p.m. 
1:30 p.m. 
3:45 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 
12:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
3:30 p.m. 

FALL 1999 



Chronicler of Men 
and Masculinity 
Speaks at Lasell 

sociologist, author, and lecturer, Michael 
S. Kiirunel, Ph.D., brought his unique 
and sometimes controversial perspectives 
on men cind masculinity to the Lasell 
College Yamawaki Art and Cultural 
Center on Wednesday, April 28. 

The event was sponsored by the Nancy 
Lawson Donahue '49 Institute for Values 
and Public Life. He presented a lecture, 
"Martians and Venutians Go to College: Male- 
Female Relations in the New Millennium." 

Author of a number of articles and antholo- 
gies on the topic of masculinity dating back to 
the late 1980s, Dr. Kimmel's Manhood in 
America: A Cultural History explores the evolu- 
tion and experience of being a man in America. 

Among the books he has authored or edit- 
ed are Boylwod, Graiving Up Male: A 
Midticultural Anthology, Love Letters Between a 
Certain Late Nobleman and the Famous Mr. Wilson, 
and Tlie Politics of Manhood: Profeminist Men 
Respond to the Mythopoetic Men's Movement (And 
tlie Mythopoetic Leaders Answer). »• 



itation he accepted. "I knew then that I wanted to 

Robert Brandriff, chair of the EngHsh 
Department, hired Professor Matheson for the 
1959-1960 school year. "At that time, I had ordy 
half of a year of teaching experience," he recalls. 

When he arrived on campus that fall, Lasell's 
faculty was grappling with the turmoil created by a 
turnover in leadership at Lasell. Yet, what Professor 
Matheson remembers was how^ very welcoming 
everyone was. "Ruth Wolf Fuller, a faculty mem- 
ber, brought by a cake. I've never forgotten her 
kindness," he recalls fondly. 

With Robert Brandriff's departure in 1961, the 
young EngUsh professor was appointed chair of the 
EngUsh department. "I had a very full plate early 
on in my career." 

During this time his wife, Barbara, was also ful- 
filling her responsibilities as a costume designer at 
Emerson College. As Professor Matheson remembers, 
" I was teaching in the mornings, in order to be home 
with the children so that my wife could pursue her 
career in the afternoons." Those years of balancing 
family and career had a profound effect on Professor 
Matheson, changing the way he perceived women's 
role in society, and his approach to teaching. 

With "Dusty Shoe Tour'' preview 
Lasell Village Prepares for Opening 

continuing care retirement community is taking visible shape on Lasell College's campus. 

Framing for aU of the community's 14 buildings 
are now up and in various stages of construction. In 
fact, future residents had the opportunity to preview 
their new home when they took a special "dusty 
shoe tour" in early October. 

Lasell Village today 

Lasell Village's executive director, James P. 
Wingardner, was appointed in August. He has 
quickly assumed a high profile among Village peo- 
ple, meeting with residents, overseeing construction, 
and helping plan day-to-day life at the community. 
Mr. Wingardner was previously director of opera- 

tior\s for Fox Hill Village Retirement Community in 
Westwood and spent nine years with the Tara Hotels 
Division of the Flatley Company in Braintree. 

"I'm delighted to be part of this wonderful com- 
munity," said Mr. Wingardner. "Excitement about 
LaseU VOlage is becoming even stronger as the open- 
ing date approaches." 

Lasell Village wiU offer 162 apartments in 14 
buildings spread over 13 landscaped acres on the 
College's campus. Designed in the style of an English 
village, complete with a town hall and clock tower, it 
wiU be the only continuing care retirement commu- 
nity in the city of Newton. An innovative aspect of 
Lasell Village is the opportunity for interaction with 
young people and the educational programming that 
its residents v^dll experience. This programming, cus- 
tomized to each resident's interests, includes physical 
fitness and cultural activities, the ability to do volun- 
teer work and mentoring, teaching, and the opportu- 
nity to participate in college classes. Upon its comple- 
tion, Lasell Village will become the headquarters for 
the Lasell Institute for Learning in Retirement, part of 
the Elderhostel Institute Network. 

Lasell Village is scheduled to open in the second 
quarter of 2000. For more information on LaseU 
Village, please caU (617) 243-2323. »- 

"\ felt it was important to challenge students 
way of looking at the world." 

Lasell Jimior College was not immune to the dvil 
and social tinrest of the 1960's. Professor Matheson 
recalls this as a time on campus of quiet alienation. 
Suddenly, the rules changed, as did the relationship 
between faculty, administration, and students. 

In April 1970, Lasell students went on strike, 
protesting the termination of five faculty members. 
Professor Matheson sympathized with the students, 
"I was surprised. In taking this stance, they 
revealed themselves to be politically engaged, and 
articulate about issues outside the classroom." 

After serving as chair of the English depart- 
ment for 10 years. Ken Matheson stepped aside. 

Through a Packard Fund Grant from the 
College, Professor Matheson attended a seminar 
presented by Roger Garrison, who championed a 
new teaching philosophy that transformed his 
classroom. "Before, students were expected to 
respond to what they thought the teacher wanted, 
and as a result, I felt their writing w^as rather hol- 
low. Then, I saw students as the center of the 
course. Suddenly, they flourished, the classroom 
became freer, and the discourse more congenial. It 
felt right. 

"When students write about what they know, 
they truly learn how to think and write." Qne-on- 
one conferencing became the cornerstone of Ken 
Matheson's courses. After 18 years in the classroom, 
his search was over. He had discovered a methodol- 
ogy that challenged the student to think critically, 
created an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity, and 
was rewarding for students and teacher. 

Over the last 40 years. Ken Matheson has 
evolved almost as much as the institution he has 
served so well. "By my last year in the classroom, 
the composition of students went from all females 
to a coed, intergenerational mix that resulted in a 
wonderful range of experiences and dialogue. My 
time at Lasell embraced both connected learning 
and lifelong learning." 

Ken Matheson has been witness to the tiansfor- 
mation of LaseU. "President Tom de Witt has placed 
LaseU in the context of meaningful higher education." 
Professor Matheson enthuses. "The CoUege has been 
transformed, it has created itself anew." 

What a wonderful tiibute to Ken Matheson — to 
know the institution to which he has devoted a better 
part of his Life continues to thrive, and in no smaU 
measure because of the many Uves he has touched 
through his dedicated work in the classroom. ?•■ 



FALL 1999 

ABC-TV's Dr. Timothy Johnson Launches 
Lasell College Health Care Lecture Series 

Center to hear Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC-TV's nationally acclaimed medical editor, speak 
about "Changes in Health Care: Options for the New Millennium," Tuesday evening, 
October 12, 1999, at the inaugural session of the Lasell College Health Care Series. 

Dr. Johnson's extemporaneous speech, delivered 
with the compelling, authoritative ease he regularly 
demonstrates on national television, covered health 
care history from the post World War 11 era — 
"when the doctor was king and financing was a rela- 
tively simple issue negotiated between the doctor 
and the patient" — to the new age of managed care, 
when spiraling costs have driven health care deci- 
sions into the hands of insurance companies and 
government bureaucrats. 

Saying that the United States is one of only two 
developed nations that does not provide ixniversal 
coverage to its population. Dr. Johnson compared the 
U.S. health care system to that of Canada, where 

government financing and private delivery of med- 
ical services has resulted in half of what the U.S. is 
spending on health care with outcomes as good as 

"Our technical-science-medical investment and 
science development capacity has reached a point 
where costs are so astronomical that no developed 
country can afford it," Dr. Johnson cautioned. "The 
American health care system is facing a "real crisis" 
in which "hard societal decisions will need to be 
made about who gets what kind of care." 

The lecture series, sponsored jointly by Lasell 

continued on page 15 



of the process. For Miller, whose agent is now shop- 
ping the book out among publishers, the attention 
has been "delightful but not life-transforming." Life 
goes on, she assures with a ready smile. 

So it is that casual, unassuming Risa Miller 
meets her classes, standing at the chalk board, lec- 
turing on the difference between formal and 

informal tone as she chalk-writes examples taken 
from email for the dissection and edification of 
her students. 

"I have a passion for writing," she adrtuts, con- 
fiding that she already has begxm work on a second 
novel. Writing is what Risa Miller does with what- 
ever free time she can accumulate. ^ 


by Author Elinor Lipman 

Risa Miller was bom and raised in 
Baltimore; graduated from Goucher College, 
studied English literature at Brandeis, took 15 
years off to do a job that would take most of us 
twice that long — raise five children — then 
received her M.F.A. from Emerson in 1995, 
where she studied with James Carroll, Sven 
Birkerts, Askold Melnyczuk, and Joan MiUman. 
A year later, at the Sunmons/NE writers' con- 
ference, JUl McCorkle introduced me to Risa. 

"Risa's wonderful," Jill exclaimed, which 
led to our musing, "Where do we go from 

Risa told me her subject was American Jews 
who had made AUyah, who had moved, not just 
to Israel, but to the West Bank. 

Nothing was settled at that moment, in the 
corridor, but we talked again at the closing 
reception. She remembers making a joke that her 
manuscript was like a chicken with a metal tag 
on its wing, proclaiming it Kosher. She says I 
laughed, then said, "You know? Why don't you 
send me 25 pages?" 

Well, she did. And it wasn't enough. I called 
and said, "I want the rest. I have to read the 
rest." And it was clear to me that all this manu- 

script needed was more of itself; more about 
these reverse- American dreams, more connec- 
tive tissue, the before and after as well as the 
qmte-perfect existing passages. Each time Risa 
sent me a new packet, I was unable to resist 
reading the whole thing, from start to finish. 
What I find on these pages is wit, economy, 
understatement; an attention to the salient detail 
that bespeaks confidence, even mastery. There is 
not an authorial or mannered word. 

She is able to conjure a culture and a move- 
ment — part religion, part pipe dream — 
viewed through the pinhole of one ragged apart- 
ment building's door: its families, their dinners, 
their weddings, their marriages, their mikvahs. 
the West Bank made httman, small, insecure. . . 
however relevant it is, in this case, to what the 
architect Ludwig Mies van de Rohe asserted — | 
"God is in the details." While bombs can be 
heard at the edges of these pages, it is inside 
one no-friUs Jerusalem apartment building. 
Heavenly Heights, where Risa Miller sounds 
her thunder. 

It is with great pleasure that I give you 
Risa Miller, reading from Welcome to Heavenly 


* Newton's Mayor 

Celebrates "Week 

of The Young 
I Child" at Lasell's 

Rockwell Nursery 



Cohen helped celebrate the "Week of 
the Young Child" at Lasell College's 
Rockwell Nursery School, on Friday, 
AprU 23, at 9:30 a.m., when he gath- 
ered toddlers and preschoolers, their | 
parents, and faculty around to read to 
them a children's story. 

Newton Mayor David Cohen reads a children's story 
to toddlers at Lasell's Rockwell Nursery School. 

Rockwell Nursery School and the 
Barn — with its infant, toddler and pre- 
school programs that comprise Lasell's 
nationally accredited Holway Child Study 
Centers — celebrated the week with a cap- 
stone party following the Mayor's visit. 

The "Week of the Young Child" is a 
national event sponsored by the National 
Association for the Education of Young 
Children (NAEYC). Its purpose is to focus 
public attention on the needs of young 
children and their families and to support 
the early childhood programs and services 
that meet those needs. 

Lasell's Holway Child Study Centers, 
which recently earned a prestigious merit 
accreditation from NAEYC, serve as labo- 
ratory schools and "connected learning" 
sites for the Early Childhood and 
Elementary Education Program. There, 
Lasell students enthusiastically and cre- 
atively put the theory and skills they learn 
in the classroom into action in a real-life 
setting with yoxmg children. 

The National Association for the 
Education of Young Children is the 
nation's largest organization of early child- 
hood professionals, with more than 
101,000 members. ^ 

FALL 1999 





• • 

Katharine A. Umer '83, 
director of Campaign and 
Gift Planning. 





Many people are currently interested in charita- 
ble gift annuities. These easy, stable planned giving 
vehicles are a great way to support a favorite chari- 
table organization, reduce your income tax burden, 
and receive a fixed income at very attractive rates. 

At Lasell College, a 
charitable gift annuity 
can be established with 
a minimum gift of 
$10,000 or more in cash 
or appreciated securi- 
ties. In exchange for 
this gift, Lasell agrees to 
pay one or two benefi- 
ciaries age 60 or older 
an annual amount rep- 
resenting at least 6% of 
the gifted asset for the 
rest of their lives. (The older the beneficiary, the 
higher the percentage payout.) Once set, this pay- 
out, typically received by the beneficiaries in quar- 
terly checks, will never change and is not depen- 
dent upon the strength of future stock markets or 
other economic conditions. 

At the death of the beneficiary, the amount 
remaining in the gift annuity passes to the charity 
for the donor's specified purpose. This gift portion 
of the gift annuity resvdts in a charitable income tax 
deduction for the donor in the year the gift annuity 
is established. The tax deduction is usually roughly 
half of the gifted amount (in accordance with IRS 
calculations), since the amount ultimately passing 
to the charity is reduced by the lifetime payout to 
the beneficiary. 

At LaseU, a number of alumni have established 
gift annuities to benefit themselves. However, we 
also have had husbands create gift annuities for 
their wives - and vice versa! Another idea gaining 
popularity is for an adult child to name a parent as 
a beneficiary: the higher-income child /donor 
receives the tax deduction, and the parent gains 
much-needed income. Charitable gift annuities 
define the classic "win-win" situation - for the 
donor, for the beneficiary, and for the charity. One 
question seems to puzzle many readers, though: 
what asset to use to create a gift annuity. 

Q: I've read with interest Lasell's information 
on its gift annuity program, and I am considering 
establishing a gift annuity for myself. I have both 

continued on page 13 

Lucy Harrison Eimer and 

Ruth Fulton Rardin, Class of 1940 


Beach, California and Ruth Fulton Rardin '40 of Needham, Massachusetts are united in 
their devotion to Lasell. Both alumnae have combined creativity and philanthropy to 
benefit LaseU. By taking advantage of the gift aimuity, these two alumnae are able to 
give generously to Lasell, while receiving a lifetime payment annually. 

Lucy Elmer's adventurous spirit took her 
from Derby, Connecticut, the small town where 
she grew up, to the beaches of CaUfomia. 
However, it was her time at LaseU Junior College 
that gave her a glimpse of Ufe's opportunities. 
"LaseU opened a new world for me since I came 
from a smaU town in Connecticut," Lucy fondly 
remembers. "My education at LaseU broadened 
my knowledge of music and art, and being so 
close to Boston, I was able to take advantage of its 
many offerings, going to museums and shops." 
After graduating with a Liberal Arts degree 
from LaseU, Lucy pursued a career in nursing. 
She enroUed in Hartford Hospital's Nursing 
Program, and graduated three years later. It was 
then that Lucy's coast-to-coast adventures began. 
"Four of my closest friends and I — we were aU 

nurses — decided 
to drive cross- 
country to 
California to 
work at 
Hospital in LA. 
To this day, we 
stiU keep in 

Lucy and her 
husband moved 
to Pasadena 

where they Uved for 26 years and raised four chU- 
dren. Today, Lucy Uves in Laguna Beach, to 
which she retired in 1974. 

WhUe Lucy calls California home, where she 
enjoyed a fuU fanuly life and rewarding career, 
she stUl recalls wonderfuUy happy memories of 
her years in Aubumdale at LaseU. "As I've gotten 
older, I reaUze more and more how important my 
time at LaseU was to me." 

Lucy has kept in touch with LaseU over the 
years and has been very pleased with LaseU's 
progress. "I think it was wise for us to go coed; 
we've got to keep up with the times." 

ThriUed with the renovation and bmlding on 
campus, Lucy knew that supporting these initia- 
tives gave her an opportvinity to repay LaseU with 
a gift annuity. 

Lucy Harrison Eimer '40 


Ruth Fulton Rardin's close proximity to the 
campiis has been LaseU's good fortune. A 
Corporator of the CoUege and tireless volunteer, 
Ruth has worked in the Brennan Library and the 
Winslow Archives since 1985. In recognition of 
her service to LaseU, Ruth was awarded the LaseU 

Ruth Fulton Rardin '40 

MedaUion, the 
highest honor the 
school bestows 
upon its alumnae, 
in 1996. 

"I've been a 
member of the 
LaseU fanuly for 
many years," said 
Ruth proudly. 
OriginaUy from 
Orleans, Vermont, 
Ruth came to 
LaseU as a freshman in 1938, and hasn't been too 
far from the campus ever since. 

After graduating in 1940, Ruth stayed on as a 
student dietician at the time the food service at 
LaseU was changing from famUy-style dining to 
cafeteria dining. Ruth moved to Port Chester, 
New York, to continue her career as a dietician, 
working in a hospital. 

In 1947, Ruth returned to Massachusetts to 
marry James Rardin, whose father was the chief 
engineer at LaseU for 28 years. Jitn, foUowing in 
his father's footsteps, worked at LaseU for 31 
years, retiring as Superintendent of BuUdings and 
Grounds in 1978. Ruth and Jim raised two chU- 
dren, and their daughter, Cindy Rardin 
Crawford, graduated from LaseU in 1968. 

In 1984, the Brennan Library staff was fortu- 
nate to recruit two very able volunteers, Ruth 
Rardin and Jean Michael Petersen '39. Ruth, who 
had always done a great deal of volunteer work 
for her church, has been an invaluable asset to 
LaseU's Ubrary ever since. "We started by bar- 
coding every book in the coUection, and then 
placing the security strips on each volume to pro- 
tect them," recalls Ruth. Her work brought the 
Brennan Library into the computer age. 

Her next assignment was the archives. Ruth 
and the other volunteers teamed up with the 
Ubrary staff to piece together and preserve LaseU's 
precious history. Ruth continues her work today 
in the Winslow Archives. "I'm just happy to be 
able to help," says Ruth modestiy. 

Ruth further demonstrated her commitment 
to LaseU and the Brennan Library in particular 
with a gift annuity. "Because I may not be here 
forever, " Ruth laughs, "I am so happy to know 
that my gift to the Brennan Library wiU continue 
my work for me at LaseU." 

continued on page 13 



FALL 1999 



Of all the opportunities offered by Lasell's 
Plarmed Giving Program, the Gift Annuity 
proved to be the perfect vehicle. Both Ruth and 
Lucy were able to make a meaningful gift to 
Lasell. Ruth Rardin made a $10,000 gift in stock 
to the Brennan Library Society for Library 
Endowment and Lucy Eimer gave a $10,000 gift 
in cash to the Winslow Renovation Project (see 


story on page 21). And, at the same time, both 
benefactresses were able to secure for themselves 
an annual payment, which they can count on 
receiving for the rest of their Uves. 

Two remarkable women, Ruth's and Lucy's 
generosity and devotion to Lasell will be felt for 
many years to come. ^ 


Example 1 

Example 2 


age 80 


age 80 

Gifted Asset: 

Cash (by check) 

Gifted Asset: 

Microsoft stock 

Gift value : 


Gift value : 


Cost basis: 


Cost basis: 

$ 5,000 

Annual payout: 


Annual payout: 


Taxation of Payout: 

Taxation of Payout: 

Tax-free portion: 


Capital gain portion: 


Ordinary income: 


Tax-free portion: 


Ordinary income: 


Charitable deduction: $5,410.50 

Charitable deduction: $5,410.50 


Save on your taxes by establishing a Lasell gift annuity before December 31! 

For more information on how gift planning can benefit you and Lasell, please call 
Katharine Umer '83, director of Campaign and Gift Planning, at (617) 243-2166 or 
fiU out this form and mail to: 

The Heritage Society 

Office of Institutional Advancement 

Lasell College 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 

Newton, MA 02466-2716 

Please send information about: 

Lasell Gift Annuities 

Charitable Trusts 

Charitable Bequests 

Heritage Society Mem.bership 

Gifts of Appreciated Securities 








All responses will be held in strictest confidence. 




cash and stock available. How do 1 know which 
asset to use? 

A: The best thing to do is to call or write 
Lasell's Planned Giving Office (617-243-2166) 
and have us do some sample calculations for you 
- without any obligation, of course. We can easi- 
ly model the consequences to you of a cash gift 
vs. a gift of appreciated securities. You should 
then take those calculations to your own quali- 
fied advisor, who can help you determine which 
asset is best for you to use, given your unique 
financial circumstances. 

There are some general points to consider, 
however. For example, if you have too much 
cash languishing in a low-yielding savings 
accoimt or certificate of deposit, then you might 
be best served by fimding your gift annuity with 
cash. Using cash to create a charitable gift annu- 
ity has the added bonus of maximizing the 
amovmt of tax-free income received from the 
annuity. See the accompanying article on Lucy 
Harrison Eimer '40 and the sample gift annuity 
in Example 1 (left) for an illustration of a gift 
annuity established with cash. 

On the other hand, if you own long-term, 
appreciated securities that have a low cost basis 
relative to their current market value and pay lit- 
tle in dividends, then this asset may be the per- 
fect one to fimd your annuity. In this way, you 
lock in the high current market value of your 
stock while dramatically reducing the capital 
gains tax consequences that you would incur if 
you sold the stock. (Because Lasell College is a 
qualifying charity in the eyes of the I.R.S., we can 
sell your stock for you without paying capital 
gains tax.) Many alumni have doubled or even 
tripled the income they receive from their stock 
by giving the stock to Lasell for a charitable gift 
annuity. For an example of a gift annuity funded 
with appreciated stock, see the article on Ruth 
Fulton Rardin '40 and the sample gift annuity in 
Example 2 (above, left). 

Important Tip: Sometimes what appears to be 
obvious and right is in fact the wrong move. You 
might think that it would be smart to "dump 
your dogs" through a charitable gift annuity. 
While such a strategy makes no difference to 
Lasell, you could be missing a valuable tax 
deduction if you give the College stock that has 
dropped in value since you pxirchased it. In most 
cases, you will be better off selling the stock 
yourself (which will enable you to take a capital 
loss deduction on your income tax biU) and then 
giving the proceeds of the sale in cash to estab- 
lish your gift annuity. This would result in two 
tax deductions for you (charitable income tax 
deduction and capital loss deduction), a gift that 
maximizes the tax-free portion of your payout, 
and a great Campaign gift to Lasell College! 

Note: Lasell College is not qualified to pro- 
vide legal or tax advisory service. Information in 
this column is offered in general terms and 
should not be acted upon without professional 
advice from your own qualified advisors. »- 

FALL 1999 




Letter from the 
' President of the ' 
Alumni Association 

Dear Fellow Alums, 

At the start 
of my term as the 
president of your 
Alumni Association, 
I take great pleasure 
in greeting you and 
inviting you to visit 
Lasell's campus 
where you v^ill see 
that momentous 
changes have 



Nancy Goodale '66 
President, Alumni 

taken place in 
recent years. 

You might not recognize some of the 
old familiar sights, but I am sure you will 
be impressed by the dynamic atmosphere 
and sense of confidence in the school's 
future. As we move towards our 150th 
anniversary, the College is working hard to 
provide an excellent education for future 
generations of Lasell students. 

On a personal note, I anticipate a busy 
and rewarding two years as president. I 
want to take this opportvmity to urge you 
to connect or reconnect with the Alumni 
Association by attending reunion; by join- 
ing me and yovir fellow alums on the Board 
of Management of the Association; by 
attending Alumni events in your area; by 
donating prizes to and participating in the 
annual "Not Your Ordinary Raffle;" and by 
giving whatever you can to the College's 
Annual Fund. 

The warm feelings that we have for the 
"old Lasell" of the familiar Alma Mater will 
surely be enhanced by the knowledge that 
we have made our contribution to the "new 
Lasell." I look forward to seeing many of 
you at upcoming Aliunni events and dur- 
ing Reunion 2000! 


Nancy Goodale '66 

I Chat Online with 

Check out the cyberspace chat rooms 
on the Lasell College web site 
( It's a great way to "chat" 
with your classmates and catch up on all 
_ the news. 

_^^^^_^^^^^ Please email the 

^^^^^^^^^M Alumni Affairs Office at 
^B^^ ■ with 
^H|^^^^^^^ your email address if 
^^ ■ you have not 

already done so. 


1999 Medallion recipients are, left to right, Jean Sargent Lee, Joan Weiler Amow, 
President Thomas de Witt, Nancy Lawson Donahue and Kay Poore Hamel. 

Lasell Honors Activist Members of Class 
of '49 with Medallions 

and singling out four of the most visible and generous alumnae of that class, President Thomas 
E.J. de Witt presented the Lasell Medallion to Joan Weiler Amow, Nancy Lawson Donahue, Kay 
Poore Hamel, and Jean Sargent Lee. This was the first time in the Medallion's history that four 
individuals from the saine class were so honored. Excerpts from Dr. de Witt's citations follow: 

Joan Weiler Amow '49 

Her influence touches aU points of 
the campus: the Center for Public 
Service; Camp Colors; service as 
trustee and overseer; campaign 
steering committee and the devel- 
opment committee; early financial 
commitment to the Campaign, and 
honorary co-chair of Lasell 150 with 
her husband. Bob. Joan's efforts 
have raised the sights of everyone. 
Her contagious optimism and 
long-term investment in the future 
Lasell encottrage others to come 
forward in the same spirit. Her 
foresight and generosity leave a 
deep imprint At this 50"^ Reunion 
event, LaseU College is indeed honored to present 
the Medallion award to Joan Weiler Amow. 

Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 

A leader since her student days, Nancy has kept her 
focus on Lasell, even through a fuU life all along 
defined by volunteerism. 

She has served as vice chair of the Board 
of Trustees, chair of "Lasell 150" development 
committee, and member of the campaign steering 
conunittee. Hers was a quiet, steady voice of sup- 
port and continuity through the recent changes 
at Lasell, with the flexibility to make possible a 
unanimous decision about coeducation. 

With the college bookstore recast as 
"Donahue's," and now through the "Donahue 
Institute for Values and Public Life," Nancy's vision 
and coirunitment resonate in her own personal defi- 
nition of the Institute's goals: education of women, 
civility, responsible 
behavior, diversity, and 
pedagogy. By eloquent 
example, she demon- 
strates how alumni can 
inspire, challenge, and 
participate in the renais- 
sance of the College. 

Today, on her 50"^ 
reunion, I present a 
Medallion to underscore 
the loyalty and vision of 
Nancy Lawson Donahue 
and to celebrate her extia- 
ordinary alumni spirit. 

Kathryn Poore Hamel '49 

With unflaggiag faith in 

the future of Lasell and as 

an early supporter of 

coeducational status, Kay Hamel is one of the found 

ing members of the Board of Overseers, and more 

recently, honorary "Lasell 150" campaign co-chair 

with her husband, Dana. 

Hamel philanthropy intersects the essence of 
campus life. At Brennan Library, Kay's generosity 


Each year a committee appointed by the 
Alumni Association's Board of Management 
selects individuals to receive the Lasell 
Medallion. The bronze award may be presented 
to "any member of the LaseU family who, by 
virtue of distinguished service to the College or 
society at large, has brought added honor to the 
name Lasell." Nominations for the 2000 award, 
which will be presented at Reuruon '00 (Jime 3), 
should be sent to Medallion Chair, Lasell College 
Office of Alunmi Affairs, 1844 Commonwealth 
Avenue, Newton, MA 02466-2716. 

has worked the magic of climate control, critical to 
preservation of books as well as humans! 

As a second dramatic change, Edwards Student 
Center, renovated top to bottom, broadcasts a spirit 
of campus-wide renaissance. The "living room" of 
the Lasell community has been transformed into a 
beautifully decorated hub of student life. 

The LaseU College president's house has 
a new identity, forming the third spur of Hamel 
generosity. Highly visible in a central location on 
campus, Hamel House, as it wiU now be known, 
continues as an elegant landmark. I am honored 
to present this MedaUion to Kay Poore Hamel in 
appreciation for a quiet voice of reason from a 
long-time faithful alumna. 

Jean Sargent Lee '49 

Jean Sargent Lee is an exuberant and spirited alumna 

who has stepped forward to help. 

Just five years ago, after her 45fh reunion, Jean 

reacquainted herself 
with LaseU and "came 
back into the fold." She 
plunged into action by 
serving on the boards of 
overseers and trustees, 
as co-chair of the cam- 
paign steering commit- 
tee, as campaign major 
gifts chair, and on the 
major gifts committee 
and planned giving com- 
mittee for LaseU 150. 

Jean Lee estabUshed 
and funded a joint schol- 
arship with her daugh- 
ter, Cynthia '78 — a 

magnificent precedent 
for intergenerational sharing of values. The Lee 
Scholarship cements a connection to the CoUege, con- 
tributes to the momentum of "LaseU 150," and pro- 
claims a personal vision for the future. 

continued on page 15 



FALL 1999 

New Assistant to the Director of 
Alumni Affairs 


Emily Alter has joined 
the LaseU College staff 
as assistant to Alumni 
Director Karen GUI in the 
Office of Alumni Affairs. 
Her previous experience 
includes working in 
special events at the 
President's office at 
Brandeis University, and 
serving in the publications 
office at Babson College. 

Prior to her accepting the position at Lasell, 
Emily spent five years with the Jewish Family & 
Children's Service, as coordinator of a program in 
which she matched and supervised volunteers 

Emily Alter, assistant to 
Karen Gill in the Office 
of Aliunni Affairs 

with families who had recently arrived from 
the former Soviet Uruon. She continues to lead 
support groups for new moms through Jewish 
Family & Children's Service and the Needham 
Adult Education program. As moms struggle 
with their fantasy of motherhood vs. the reality 
of motherhood, they find support in a group 
setting with other women experiencing a 
similar transition. 

She and her husband, Steve, live in Needham 
with their schnauzer, Roxie. They have a married 
son living in Washington, DC, and a married 
daughter living in New York City. In her free 
time Emily enjoys reading, working out at a 
gym, in-line skating and spending time with 
family and friends. ^ 

Canoe Restoration Project Needs Your Help 

are a proud reminder of a bygone era. Today, the handsome canoes are brought out for 
the annual ceremonial River Day races on the Charles River in October. 

A Canoe Restoration Fund has been launched 
to support their reconditioning. Two canoes have 
already been fully restored, and three more are cur- 
rently undergoing restoration. The underwriters of 
the current reparations are Jean Sargent Lee '49, 
Nancy Burrows Putnam '50, and three class of 
1935ers, Kay Peck Dietler, Anne O'Brien Ryan, and 
in memory of Mary Jane "Puff" Selby Guerry. Each 
restored canoe will boast the names of the donor or 
donors who contributed to the restoration. 

At Reunion '98, members of the class of '43 
resolved to honor the late Nathalie Monge 
Stoddard, their long-standing class representative, 
with the restoration of the last of LaseU's beautiful 
old war canoes. A wonderful, well Hked, capable 

friend, Nathalie was an enthusiastic crew team 
member at Lasell, serving as captain from '41-43 
and the head of crew in '43. 

The cost for the restoration of the canoe is 
$1800. To participate, please make a contribution 
no later than December 31, 1999. We hope that your 
gift to the canoe restoration, a special remembrance 
for Nathalie, would be separate from and in addi- 
tion to your Annual Fund gift. Please make checks 
payable to Lasell College and mail to Catherine 
Kidd, Campaign Assistant, Lasell College, 1844 
Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02466-2716. 

For futher information, please call Catherine 
at (617) 243-2154 or Priscilla Spence Hall '43 at 
(904) 423-4441. »- __ 



She contributed funds for a "spring break" 
trip to rural West Virginia, where Lasell students 
refurbish housing for low-income families. Her sup- 
port helped to continue an opportunity for students 
to develop dvic responsibility, to share skills, and to 
add another dimension to their education. 

Her quiet, but firm and effective leadership 
helped provide momentum to get the "Lasell 150" 
campaign off to a rousing start. I am honored 
to present this MedaUion to Jean Sargent Lee, 
member of the class of 1949, and true partner 
with Lasell. ^ 



CoUege and the Lasell Institute for Learning in 
Retirement, is designed to stimulate thought and pro- 
voke dialogue on complex and controversial issues 
that infuse the national debate about health care. The 
lecture series also supports the learning environment 
of the College's School of Allied Health and the life- 
long learning component of LaseU Village. 

Dr. Timothy Johnson has been providing nation- 
al television audiences with timely reports that 
address key medical topics and healthcare trends 
since November 1975. In addition to his commentary 

on Good Morning America, Dr. Johnson provides on- 
air arialysis of medical news for World News Tonight, 
Nightline, and 20/20. Holding joint positions in medi- 
cine at Harvard University and Massachusetts 
General Hospital in Boston, he is the founding editor 
of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter and co-edi- 
tor of the Harvard Medical School Health Letter Book. He 
is the co-editor of the book Your Good Health, pub- 
lished by Harvard Press, and co-author, with former 
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, of the 
book. Let's Talk, published by Zondervan in 1992. »- 

Alumni Association 



Association Scholarships are returning 
students who have financial need and 
have demonstrated their outstanding 
ability as scholars. They were selected 
from a competitive pool of applicants 
and bring a wide range of talents to 
the Lasell community. 

Most of the recipients are leaders in 
extra-curricular activities on and off 
campus including: Campus Activities 
Board, Commtmity Players, Women in 
Business, Blue Key Society, LEAD (Lasell 
Educates about Alcohol and Drugs), church 
youth group and choir. Resident Life 
Assistant, Center for Public Service, peer 
tutoring, crew team, U.S. Navy Reservist, 
Easter Seals volunteer, summer orientation, 
NAACP, dance team, Softball, and student 

The recipients for the 1999-2000 
school year are: 

Kimberley Bewsher 

a Hospitality Management sophomore 
from Buzzard's Bay, MA 

Kelly Ann Coles 

a Fashion & Retail Merchandising senior 
from Newmarket, NH 

Hope Crane 

a Fashion & Retail Merchandising junior 
from Walpole, MA 

Marie Cjo' 

an Early Childhood Education junior 
from Norwalk, CT 

Donna Demers 

a Health Science/PTA sophomore from 
Townsend, MA 

Shelby Derrissaint 

a Legal Studies sophomore from Hyde 
Park, MA 

Melissa Hyer 

a Psychology junior from Brewster, MA 

Christine Therrien 

an Early Childhood Education junior 
from Chestnut Hill, MA 

Christine Nelson 

an Education junior from Brookfield, CT 

Brian Smith 

an International Business sophomore 
from Weymouth, MA 

FALL 1999 



Their original class banner having disappeared, Mary Ann Mitchell Beaver created a new 
banner for the Class of '69 to enjoy. 

What Lasell gave me was the 
courage to face all of life's 

challenges! Plus meeting my ^ 
'best buddy' of 43 years!" 
Sue Goetz Preston '51 


Members of the 50th Reunion Class (1949) performed during the 
Karaoke/Nostalgia night at the lobster bake. 

A bagpiper led the Reunion Class parade to Convocation in the Athletic Center. 

Top Row (Left to Right) Joan DeGelleke Shrewsbury, Corinne Capone McGuiggan, Patricia Lane Harlow, Elizabeth Felker Hancock, Pauline Donaldson Converse, Jane Wadhams Hazen, 
Joyce Brandt Francis, Jewell Ward Ganger, Violet Drulie Dhimos, Kathy Babcock Hansen, Carolyn Rock Brisson, Irene Lupien Murphy, Lois Koritz Hopfenberg, Libby Harrington Logan, 
Barbara Berry Roberts, Carolyn Clark Thomas, Pam Johns Barry, Jean Sargent Lee, Janice Gray Palin, Nancy Colman Hill, Joan Phelan, Kay Poore Hamel, Marilyn Weeden Davidson 

Bottom Row (Left to Right) Nancy Irwin Van Dom, Shirley Anderson Daley, Audrey Mitchell McKibbon, Ginny Byrnes Fischer, Nancy Curtis Grellier, Martha Hurd Davenport, Pam Martini 
Everett, Eeva Laitinen Stromski, Paulie Quilty Connolly, Natalie Hall Campbell, Janet White MacLure, Ellen Morris Phillips, Joan Warren Hepburn, Norma Pickett Wise, Nancy Lawson 
Donahue, Miriam Clark Williams, Sally Taylor Murray, Anne Kendall Baldacci, Sally Priestman Costa, Phyllis Burckett Ulicny, Bunny Cohan Rossen, Joan Weiler Amow, Mary Stone Leary 

Stairs (Ascending) Eleanor Heiden Messinger, Nancy Hayden Drooff, Ann HoUett Munro, Del Anderson McCoy, Kathy Mahoney Schofield 

Special thanks to Reunion Liaison Nancy Curtis Grellier and her committee (Kay Poore HameL Joan Warren Hepburn and Jean Sargent Lee) who helped to coordinate all activities; and to 
class agents, Joan Weiler Amow and Nancy Lawson Donahue, who helped the Class of 1949 earn the distinction of raising the largest reunion class gift ever, over $66,500! 



FALL 1999 


The Alumni College seminar "Walking Each Other Home: Advancing Civic Understanding and Personal Responsibility" was 
moderated by Dr. Kerrissa Heffeman. Members of the Class of 1949: (1 to r) Nancy Lawson Donahue, Kay Poore Hamel and Jean 
Sargent Lee had a lively interaction with the members of the Class of 1999: Jennifer Brooks, Lesbie Perez and Denise Cordeiro. 

Jewel Ward Ganger '49 and Irene Lupien Murphy '49 
received applause from the other classes as they made 
their way to Convocation. 

Reimion Weekend can't happen without the invaluable help of volunteers. (1 to r) 
Barbara Ordway Brewer '35, Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46, Barbara Stickle Mode 
'47 and Jacqueline Paulding Hauser '50 help prepare flower arrangements for the 
Reunion luncheon. 

Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46, Honorary Chair of the 
Heritage Society and Barbara Stickle Mode '47, outgo- 
ing President of the Alumni Association led the 
reunion classes in the singing of the Alma Mater. 

Members of the Class of 1989 and their guests shared laughs at the cocktail reception 
preceding the lobster bake. 

FALL 1999 



Throughout the year, the President and members 
of the Institutional Advancement staff travel 
around the country to meet with alumni of all 
ages at Lasell gatherings. It's a chance to meet 
and network with other alumni in your geo- 
graphic area while also hearing the latest infor- 


mation about Lasell. Recently, many spouses/ 
guests have been attending these events and 
they have enjoyed hearing about their partner's 
college life. Friendships are renewed and also 
begun. Please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
(617) 243-2139 if you can help to provide ideas. 

organize an event, etc. The office creates and 
mails all invitations, so as host, all that is needed 
is to receive the RSVP replies and make some fol- 
low-up phone calls. 


11 Saturday 

Rutherford, NJ 

Young alumni gathering 
(Classes of '89-'99) 
Home of Susan Parrish '92 
Contact: Stormy Horton Bell '92 
(201) 501-8117 or 

MARCH, '00 

3 Friday 

Clearwater/Tampa, FL area 

Tarpon Springs Yacht Club Luncheon 
Contact: Libby Carlisle Hobnberg '40 
(727) 786-7531 

4 Saturday 

Sarasota, FL 

University Club 
Cocktail reception 


Naples, FL 

Brxmch at the Club at Longshore Lake 
Contact: Gail Winalski Burd '58 

8 Wednesday 

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 

Seawatch Restaurant, cocktail reception 
Contact: Starr Tupper Shannon '58 
(954) 472-0696 

p Friday 

Boca Raton, FL 

Royal Palm Yacht and Coimtry 
Club Luncheon 

|2 Sunday 

Melbourne, FL 

Brunch at the home of Martha Garshman 
Spector '71 
Contact: Martha Garshman Spector 
(407) 255-1331 

Libby Carlisle Holmberg '40 
pictured with President de Witt, 
served as host for the Clearwater, 
FL reception in March '99. 

In June, several Lasell alumni/staff volunteered at the 
WGBH-TV auction. Pictured, (1 to r) Joy Stewart Rice '55; 
Karen Gill, Director of Alumni Affairs; Cathy Black, Major 
Gifts Officer; Marie Smith, Director of Career Services and 
Nancy Goodale '66, President of the Alumni Association. 

Nancy Wells Harris '43, served as host of the Jensen Beach, FL event in 
March '99. 

Terry Bergeron Hoyt '45, Janet Montgomery Farrand 
'43, husband Henry, and Bill Baxter Perkins '36 at the 
Longboat Key, FL event, March '99. 

The Delray Beach Club was the location for the March '99 Lasell 
gathering through the membership of Virginia Hinshaw Wilks '31. 
Betty Fleer Cooper '44 served as host. 

Stormy Horton Bell '92 (holding baby), hosted an 
intimate barbecue for young alumni at her home in 
New Jersey this past June. In the back row next to 
Stormy is Susan Parrish '92 and front row (left to 
right) Jennifer Barkhausen '90/'92, her friend, 
Charlie, and Debbie Lestch '95. 

Jim and Carol Hill Hart '44, joined host Jim Krohn 
at the Longboat Key reception. Jim and his wife, 
Bobbi Trout Krohn '52, graciously hosted the 
Lasell event at their condominium complex. 

Judy Tracy Shanahan '48 and husband, Jim, chat 
with Marilyn McNie Middlebrook '45 and husband. 
Bill, at the Naples, FL gathering at the Kensington 
Golf and Country Club. John and Nancy Roetting 
Clifford '51 hosted the event. 

Some members of the Class of 1999, the most recent alumni, were welcomed 
into the Alumni Association at a dinner sponsored by the Office of Alumni 
Affairs and the Alumni Board of Management. 



FALL 1999 


Lasell's Annual Fund Keeps on Growing 

by Noni Linton 
Director of Annual Giving 

operating budget every year (last year's total raised was nearly $515,000) and, 
thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff, it has shown 
significant growth for the sixth consecutive year. 

Since the Annual Fund is an integral part of 
LaseU 150, the College's first multi-year capital cam- 
paign in celebration of the sesquicentennial in 2001, 
the steady growth of the Fund is heartening. This 
success can be attributed to the efforts of many 
people, including the student phoners who reached 
out to more alumni and parents than ever, bringing 
alumni participation back to 28%. Volunteers also 
play a major role in this success, especially during 
a reunion year. 

Every year, LaseU reunion classes say "Thank 
you, Lasell" by making a special effort to raise a sig- 
nificant class gift for the Annual Fund from a large 
percentage of the class. The Reunion '99 classes 
reached an extraordinary level of success by raising 
over $140,000 of the $514, 817 Annual Fimd grand 
total, an amount nearly double that raised by the 
Reunion '98 classes. 

Of course, this kind of success does not happen 
vdthout a lot of help firom members of the reunion 

classes. Many of the loyal cadre of LaseU 
alumni who served on reunion commit- 
tees gave their time to contact class- President de 
mates with phone caUs and notes, or '"^ ^ 
wrote personal notes on letters to classmates. Their 
personal contact makes a real difference! 

Last spring, as reunion approached, many 
alumni who had never made gifts to the Annual 
Fimd generously contributed, and others were 
moved to increase their regular Annual Fund con- 
tributions by joining one of the Annual Fund's 
important leadership gift clubs. Still others found 
that gifts of appreciated securities were an ideal 
way to make a significant gift whUe benefiting from 
the tax savings such gifts provide. Some also aug- 
mented the Fund by initiating a matching gift with 
their or their spouse's employer. AU gifts helped 
boost both the doUar total and alumni participation. 

At the Annual Alumni Convocation on 
Reunion Weekend, Ruth Turner Crosby '42, 

Witt accepts a check for Reunion '99 given from Ruth Turner 

Standing in for Annual Fund Chairman Elisse 
AUinson Share '65, presented a "giant" check to 
President Tom de Witt in the amount of $137,018. 
Subsequent gifts from reunion alunvni brought 
that total to a whopping $140,000! Thank you to 
the Reunion '99 classes. 

FaU brought the start of a new Annual Fund for 
the year 2000. Already mailings have been sent, the 
students are telephoning, and gifts are arriving 
daUy. We are poised for another wonderful year. 
Please help us continue LaseU's success with the 
Annual Fund by responding generously when you 
receive your maUing or when you are caUed by one 
of our student phoners. ^ 

Serving it Up at Lasell College's 
Dining Room 


Maryanne Conroy-Miller, director of food service for Lasell College, "institutional 
food service was just that — institutional. 

The cafeteria ambiance included sliding 
plastic trays over yards of stainless steel tubes as 
doUops of pasty-colored food were plopped onto 
plates by uniformed, hair-netted lunch ladies. 
"Often," Maryanne recalls, "the menu selections 
were as Umited as the taste of the food." 

But the changing Ufestyles, tastes, and expecta- 
tions of American students have created a veritable 
revolution behind the counters at most educational 
institutions since then, she happUy reports. Dramatic 
change has overtaken the planning, preparation, and 
delivery of dining haU food throughout the coimtry. 
"Today, the focus in educational food service is on 

presentation, marketing, service, variety, and cus- 
tomer satisfaction." 

Maryanne Conroy-MiUer, an employee of 
Sodexho-Marriott, the food service/hotel giant that 
contracts with LaseU for food service, has a seasoned 
perspective on the changes in the industry that 
comes from having spent 15 years in educational 
food service, with the last five years at LaseU. 

"The coUege consimier is sawier than ever," 
she observes. "Today's students are first generation 
fast-food babies. Many were brought up on conve- 
nience foods to accommodate the busy schedules of 
working parents. As a consequence, they are far 




Milk consumed at a meal 

10 gaUons of skim or 2% 30 gaUons of 2% or whole 

Eggs consumed at breakfast 

11 dozen 

30 dozen 

Hamburgers consumed at a meal 



Kay Sinerate and Mary Ann Conroy-Miller provide service 
with a smile in Valentine Dining Hall. 

more "brand name" conscious. Now, the food cul- 
ture is geared toward McDonald's and Taco BeU, 
whereas a decade ago, students were used to home- 
cooked meals." 

A woman who brings real meaning to the tech- 
no-term "multi-tasking," Maryanne's title only hints 
at the expertise that she has had to master to succeed 
in what is now a fiercely competitive field. Her broad 
set of skUls includes conductor, waiter, paramedic, 
cook, bartender, protocol officer, biologist, scientist, 
contiact administiator, time-motion expert, marketer, 
accountant, computer-whiz, and engineer. 

Supported by a staff with more than 120 years of 
combined service to LaseU CoUege, Maryanne says 
she and her team are "committed to deUvering 


continued on page 20 

FALL 1999 



Winners of the "Not Your 
Ordinary Raffle" 



$100 gift basket, Allied Domecq Retail. /USA 

Anonymous $100 Cash prize 

$100 sa\'ings account, Aubumdale Coop. Bank 

$100 Gift Cert., Baby Place 

$25 Gift Cert., Back Bay Restaurant Group 

$35 One-year membership, B.J.'s Wholesale Club 

Two tickets to a perf., Boston Lyric Opera 

Four tickets for adm., Boston Museum of Fine Arts 

$25 Gift certificate. Bullfinch's 

$40 Gift certificate, Di\a Salon 

$250 Gift certificate, Dover Rug Co. 

$100 Cash prize, Nancy Lavvson Donahue '49, Trust. 

$100 Cash prize, Champe Fisher, Trustee 

Three $35 gift certificates, Gleason's Flowers 

$100 Cash prize, Arthur Gregorian, Trustee Emeritus 

$100 Cash prize, Arthur Gregorian, Trustee Emeritus 

Two $50 flower arrangements, 

$450 Callaway Titanium Golf club, 

Kathleen Hegenbart, Trustee 
$175 14K brooch with cultured pearl. 

Hill Jeweler's, Sudbury 
$190 Two nights' stay, Lasell Inn Bed & Breakfast 
$100 Gift certificate to L.L. Bean, 

Jean Sargent Lee '49, Trustee 
$192 Linda Rose Hand Care Collection, 

Sharon LeVan '66, Overseer 
Dinner for Two, Longfellow's Wayside Inn 
$100 Gift certificate to Marriott Hotel, 

Kathryn Morgan Lucey '67 
$150 Overnight stay and breakfast, 

Marriott Hotel, Newton 
$43.50 Gift certificate, Kevin Max Hair Design 
$200 Birdsey Watercolor, 

Barbara Stickle Mode '47 Interiors 
Autographed hat by star player. 

New England Patriot's Foundation 
$100 Gift Certificate, Pillar House 
Artwork, Renjeau Galleries 
$45 Gift certificate. Queen Sheba 
$100 U. S. Savings Bond, 

Ruth Shuman, Dean for Inst. Adv. 
Two tickets to a performance. 

Turtle Lane Playhouse, Newton 
1 year subs, to Want Advertiser, 

Nancy Curtis Grellier '49, Trustee 
$100 Gift certificate, Weston Nurseries, Inc. 
Guest appearance on TV show, 

Susan Womick, Channel 5 TV 
$48 Two tickets for one '99 performance, 

Worcester Foothills Theatie 
$400 Carry-on Hartman Luggage Bag, 

Patricia Zinkowski, Trustee 


Susan Scichilone Presti '88/ '94 

Victoria Komanetsky Mafale '45 

Sandra Reynolds Grant '54 

Susan Y. Charton '69 

Betsy Gimbel Ratner '69 

Jean R. Petersen '39 

Eileen Conradi Lynch '57 $100 

Marsha Keyes Tucker '64 $40 

M. Virginia Bartiett Gay '38 

Priscilla Scruton Fuller '46 

Janice Piccioli Anketell '58 

Linda Foster Nixon '69 

Robin Genden Dutra '73 

Linda Soux Heller '69 

Dana Rossmarin 

Leah Smith Schneier '69 

Susan Ridley '40 

Jacqueline Paulding Hauser '50 

Mrs. Edward Murphy 

Helen Weatherbee '50 

Jean McCambridge '52 

Elizabeth Schlegel Lutz '58 
Jo- Ann Vojir Massey '51 

Joan Rabbitt Downey '54 

Karia Robinson Hinds '61 
Margaret Abrahamian '48 

Elizabeth Kobrock Rawstron '36 

Loel Mercer Poor '63 
Margaret Stewart '85 

Jane Carmody Davison '44 

Mildred Royce Piers '38 
Michelle McKinstry Schofield '82 
Laura Cobrinik '79 
Marian Fitts Stemkopf '41 

Audrey Slawson Drake '38 

Susan Halewood Crosby '67 

Sally Warner O'Such '55 
Candace Watson Bumham '68 

Barbara Starmard Riedinger '58 

Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56 

Anyone who would like to donate an item, gift certificate, vacation home, etc., please 
contact Karen Gill, Director of Alumni Affairs, at (617) 243-2139. 

Smc t^ 1)^ ^/i Rf4Ai^4^ VO 

All alumni are invited to return to campus, especially those whose class year 
ends in a "5" or "0". Mark youi calendar to return to campus on June 2-4, 
2000. When receiving Reunion information, the Alumni Office has you coded 
for the year in which you received your highest degree. For example, if you 
received joui Associate's degree in 1980 and completed your Bachelor's 
degree in 1995, we wiU assume you are in the Class of 1995 unless you contact 
us to request a change. You are encouraged to attend reunions for both classes! 


T-shirts, golf towels, aprons, mugs, stationery, history books, watches, 
all boasting the distinctive Lasell logo are available through the Alunnni 
Board of Management. Please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
(617) 243-2139 or email us at al\, for more information 
or to obtain an order form. 



excellence at every meal. Our goal is to respond to the changing needs of our 
coristituency by creating an inviting 'food-courtf atmosphere that is fun, 
fast, and familiar." 

Plans for reconfiguring the dining hall into a dynamic "food court" by 
fall of 2000 wiU be executed during next summer. But recent additions to the 
"food mix" include a large screen TV that plays music videos, separate food 
stations to allow students to pick and choose from buQd-your-own deU 
sandwiches and fast food basics to a selection of comfort foods, such as mac- 
aroni and cheese or turkey and gravy. "We want to add a cofiee-house feel 
to the seating area," said Maryanne. 

Access to food now has a decidedly high-tech aura with the use of a 
computer-based card system that scans individual ID numbers and records 
the quantity of students and staff who are served at each meal. 

"This system also provides an exact record of consim^ption, and allows 
me to plan and schedule meals according to taste and need so that we can be 
far more responsive to students' dietary requests." 

Maryanne has also implemented the concept of JIT (Just-in-Time) meal 
preparation, whereby the food is cooked as needed during mealtime. Before 
jrr, food was prepared several hours in advance, placed into warming trays, 
and finally dished out at the prescribed mealtime. Consequentiy, food often 
developed a distinctiy glutinous texture and the inherentiy bland taste that 
was the hallmark of school food for decades. 

While the trappings are sUck, Conroy-MiUer is extremely mindful of 
ensuring that a broad range of nutritionally balanced healthy menu selec- 
tions are available to satisfy an equally broad range of diets. "I believe in 
preparing good food well," she says enthusiastically. "The ingredients 
and nutritional values of all food types are always posted to encourage 
students to understand the lifelong benefits of eating a healthy diet," 
Maryanne explains. 

Further, students with dietary restrictions due to medical issues or reli- 
gious requirements can be accommodated. Maryanne's staff wiU even work 
with doctors to educate themselves on students' specific dietary require- 
ments. She is equally sensitive to students who have adopted either a vege- 
tarian or the more stringent vegan diet, and has responded by offering pro- 
tein-rich alternatives to meat, such as rice and beans and tofu. 

The most recent culinary challenge presented to Maryanne and her staff 
was the onslaught of men on Lasell's dining haU, following the change of 
mission to accept men in September 1998. 

"Simply put," Conroy-MiUer laughs, "they eat a lot of food." In particu- 
lar, the volume of protein-based foods consumed — especially meat — has 
increased significantly (see chart). 

Lasell's students are fortunate to have Maryanne Conroy-Miller and her 
staff to serve up the on-campus dining experience with humor, competence, 
and a commitment to excellence. Mange! J*- 


FALL 1999 



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LaseU Leaves is distributed twice a year, free of charge 
to alumni, students, and friends of Lasell. 

The publication is produced by 

The Office of iNSTmrnoNAL Advancement 

LaseU College 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 

Newton, MA 02466-2716 

Tel. (617) 243-2141 

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All rights reserved. 



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